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More Felt Seoul?

It appears that I’ve used up the capacity on this blog with so many photos, videos and reports that I’ll have to use another link to continue with my reports. Scroll down on the right column, Click under Links>Blogroll>More Felt Seoul, and enjoy! I haven’t had a chance to customize the new site and will eventually have the domain point to the new blog once its all up and rolling. You may wish to bookmark the short link as well:  Felt Seoul Part Deux

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Razor Clam Diggin’ It! March 30th, 2013

My wife and kids enjoyed the dig in Grayland a few weeks ago, so we planned to try again as another dig was approved by the WDFW. Getting out of town proved to be a challenge with Jonah’s 15 month Dr’s. Appt, good weather, and traffic didn’t have us out the door until 7:30 pm.

The drive down was smooth apart from a snag in fife but took 2.5 hours. The Casita pulled wonderfully and at times I could barely notice it behind the van. We pulled into Twin Harbors State Park around 10 pm to fill up with water and then we camped in the west tent campground. Jonah was a bit in pain from his series of immunizations so we had a rough night sleeping as both boys were a little restless from the change up their daily routine.

We woke at 6 am and decided to make our way to the beach and found a spot just south of Grayland beach road. The clam shows were plentiful and the average size clams were even larger than the weeks prior. This time we brought the Kelty toddler carrier so Jonah wouldn’t cry as much. We were able to limit out pretty quick but noted that the clams were a lot deeper than weeks prior. Back in the comfort of the trailer we made a hot breakfast, cleaned up and later flew kites with Luca.

I brought along some terminal gear to try my hand at surf perch fishing but after talking to a guy who was heading out, he said its slow and a little early before the perch show up in good numbers. I’ll retreat to me folding chair, blanket, beverage, and binoculars while I get my full of glorious Vitamin D.

Even with all the trouble setting up and prepping to get out of town it was all worth it as i sit here with the breeze to my back as I watch the incoming tide and waves find their way in to cover the dug holes.

We’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up. Hopefully we all get some better sleep tonite…

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Lenice: 3/15/13

I’ve fished this lake last year on the opener and wanted to go give it try hoping the crowds would calm down and the fish plentiful. Today must’ve been polar opposites as I only could wrangle up a few fish but the crowds were out in force. Not sure what to attribute the poor fishing other than I didn’t spot many fish on the sonar in the bottom. I wasnt fishing deep water so the lake don’t typically turn over. It could be that the populations of the trout didn’t winter over very well and or the WDFW hasn’t stocked it as well as in the last years? Or it just wasn’t fishing well as I believe to be a somewhat competent chironomid fisherman. Judging by the lack of activity I saw with the other fishermen anchored around me, I know it wasn’t me. In only saw five guys: 3 chironomid fishing and 2 pulling leeches pick up fish all day from my observations.

I am usually pretty tolerant of other fishermen but I had to explore the lake as the usual hangouts were occupied with pontoons, float tubes, plastic boats and prams. I counted 9 water craft all anchored by the islands but I have it a go as my first spot to try. I was rewarded with a feisty jumping bow that was very silvery and broad. I thought things were looking positive for the remainder of the day. It would be tough thereafter as the next bite didn’t come until 12:40 as I could see adult chironomids whizzing by in the wind gusts.

I moved around half a dozen times trying to locate these fish but they didn’t seem to be locked up at the bottom but a few were spotted on the side finder. I tried several different flies, different depths, different retrieves but couldn’t coax anything. Later the afternoon I spoke with a guy whom
I fished next to in the am , he said it was slow and he didn’t hook anything and didn’t see anyone get anything near him.

He pulled anchor and I took his spot in 8′ of water. It must’ve been feeding time as I landed two rainbows within minutes of him leaving. But then it was lights off. Everyone I talked to voiced the same results. I saw a few fish taken by the trollers but it wasn’t a double digit day. I ended up with 8 take downs but 6 landed with the largest pushing 20″ and football like. Fish were gorging on size 16 chromers, black red ribbed, 20 green bloodworms and even smaller red bloodworms. Water temp was 51 degrees as measured by my Fishin buddy 120.

The drive was smooth and I made record time both to and back only taking 2 hours door to parking lot. Pass temp was 37 at 7:30 am. Somehow the weather forecast called for 5-10 mph winds but it was more like 10-15 gusts which made for some tougher conditions. I was a bit turned off with the number of guys on the lake and even back at the parking lot a guy left his pontoon boat in front of the gate. I can roll my pram under the gate and he got irate when I moved his stuff since it was blocking the way.

This will be my last time fishing this lake. There are other lakes to explore and fish and I shouldn’t be fishing the one with the masses. While I didn’t catch the numbers I had hope for they made up in quality versus quantity with their multiple jumps, strength and size.

Rod: Winston LT 9′ 6 wt
Reel: Feathercraft SCLA3
Line: Orvis Wonderline

Music: Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum. Something about country music and road trips, really puts the mood right when driving through the eastern WA landscapes.

Flies: size 18 snow cone bloodworm, amber ribbed chromer. I tried a few other proven flies but the fish seemed especially finicky.

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Razor clam digging: March 9th, 2013

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Pass Lake: 3/7/13

After fishing last weeks eastern WA season opener I needed a Stillwater fix. If I had time I would’ve like to explore a new lake but it’s still a 2+ hour drive each way past Vantage. The next best thing on our side is either Pass, Lone or Rattlesnake lakes. I typically don’t fish pass until closer to April, but heard of good reports and decent chironomid hatches that the fish are keyed on and feeding heavily.

I had to see for myself and only had today to fish, so I packed up and head out at 7:30 for the hour and half drive north. The weather forecast called for partly sunny with 50% chance of rain. Rain it did, mostly the whole drive up with brief intermissions in Stanwood and approaching Pass Lake, but it would lightly sprinkle and then around noon it cleared.

Jeff Hil. had a meeting on oak harbor and needed an excuse to hitch up his pram and decided to meet me for some stillwater action. It’s too bad he had to leave early as the action picked up from 12:30 to 2 with a good size 18 hatch of black, olive, and chromed chironomids. I fished 25′ of water towards the eastern border of the lake. Water temp was 48 degrees while the outside temp when I rolled I to the parking lot was 53. There is a new concrete pad restroom at pass, a nice improvement over the outhouse in the woods.

Water clarity was pretty good and had the classic greenish color to the water. We fished at the point to start in 14-15′ of water. Jeff pulled a fish ther and then I did but it wasn’t hot and heavy action so it sent me searching for the fish. I tried the north rock wall, in front of the ranger residence, north bay without much success. I wasn’t marking any fish down but the sidewinder was picking up fish fairly regularly.

A couple of guys in Spring creek prams were doing ok so I opted to investigate. One guy in a white Hopper was doing fairly well in the 25′ of water. He knew the drill as he rowed to that spot at the beginning of the day and was still there when I pulled off at 3 pm. He had it dialed with numerous hook ups. I had to observe closely and after some adjustments I switched up to have my bugs 2′ off the bottom and then I was into the fish. Not a spectacular day but I landed 9 fish. Ranging in size from 15-18″.

Even though my time was limited I enjoyed getting out, better something versus nothing! Pass lake should be getting hotter as the water temp warms and the hatches intensify. I hope to fish it again soon as I’ve concluded it takes too much to fish eastern WA for just a day trip. I’ll have to save up my fishing days to do a multiple day trip.

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Schroorama

Had the opportunity to hunt some mushrooms with Koji, we would head out to Rainier and try our luck for some Matsutake since the rains last week would hopefully bring some of these tasty species up from their dormant states.

Although we weren’t able to find any Matsutake this time, we did get some nice Chantrelles and some Shimiji mushrooms which Koji said are the female variant or queen version of the Matsutake. Now that I know what to look for I’ll be better prepared for the harvest that is hopefully coming…

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Fat of the land: 10/11/12

Event though this post isn’t about fishing it is somewhat related. I’d recently met a neighbor whom I consider a friend. Even though Koji is the same age as my dad I consider him a friend. Although we have an age gap there is a mutual respect and love for all things fishing. I’ve helped him come along with salmon fishing as he’d never focused on the salmon until our paths crossed. I shared some sacred fishing ground with him with the explicit promise that he’d never divulge the spots and techniques and in return he was willing to share his secret Matsutake Pine mushroom locations with me.

I’ve tried to do some mushroom hunting in years past without any success. Without the knowledge of someone you can trust and or the specifics on what to look for and where it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. We left this morning around 10 am, the weather was cloudy and cool in Seattle but things would improve as the sun poked out and burned off the low clouds. The colors of the trees were so vibrant and I can’t recall ever really enjoying the changing of the leaves as did today. Scrub oak, maple and other trees which I can’t describe all with their reds, oranges, and yellows dotted the landscape and shimmered in all the glory. I thought that even if we didn’t get any Matsutake that it was still going to be a wonderful day.

I was a little skeptical since it’s been incredibly dry and we’ve had no measurable rain fall in almost 3 months. Once we parked the car and got out the ground was bone dry, no signs of rain or evidence of moisture anywhere. Lots of young fern shoots turning yellow and dried Elk droppings around. Koji pokes around and within minutes exclaimed that he found one. Quickly I went to go see and he showed me what to look for and how they grow. He said that we were lucky to find one as it was going to be tough. After about 30 minutes of rooting around we decided to do a loop and head back to the car. I did find some other suspect mushrooms but Koji described that they were not Matsutake due to the shape, color, smell and location they were growing.

I figured we drove all that way for 1 mushroom, but I was optimistic and kept searching. Another 15 minutes I spotted a pair and then a third. I confirmed with the criteria and indeed they were Matsutake. We decided to call it quits and head back home. What could we do with 4 medium sized mushrooms? I got some ideas from Koji and decided to make Ramen with a Matsutake broth along with defrosting some Westport Albacore to serve alongside.

We stopped at the local Asian market and Koji showed me his favorite ramen: Myojo Chukazanmai variety which is made in Japan but excellent in taste and noodle quality. I marinates the Albacore with some rock salt and seasonings and fired up the blow torch to surface sear the Albie. Atop the Ramen there were medium slices of Matsutake and a dollop of some freshly made Coho Ikura.

What an honor it is to have been able to locate these mushrooms with the expert help of my neighbor.

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Laborious Weekend Report: 9/3-9/5, 2011

My best friend from College visited us last week in hopes of re-kindling the pink fire that he so much enjoyed in 2009. This year he would be accompanied with his wife and would make it a vacation for a week with a few days in the sunshine coast in BC. The fun was all in the good crabbing and sunshine that we experienced, the fishing wasn’t too stellar as compared to 2009 but Mike and Bertie were able to get into fish which was nice. The point of the trip was to enjoy good company, good food, and plenty of laughter and good times. At least the crabbing was good with Phil K’s. hot spot location which produced a few limits of nice Dungeness crabs. Can’t wait to do it again in 2013! Here’s a nice compilation from Paul D. On the 2011 pink run, you’ll see Thao T. In the video about half way through.

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Marine Area 10 Fun: July 8th-9th

The weather looked perfect for some sun and fun with Jon and Phil. Alot if willing resident Coho from 3-7 lbs to be had, great for the barbecue. The Dungees are nice this year with some big males measuring 7-8″ across the shells. The highlight of yesterday was my 34 lb wild King @ 50′ of cable with quick release fire tiger flasher and cookies and creme Coho killer. We found a massive bait ball on the outgoing tide and kept hooking fish after fish with each pass through. I knew it was a king when it took the first deep run into the single action reel. Amazing fight and a beautiful fish that hopefully will spawn and it’s progeny will live to provide us with a fight another day.

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Snake N’ Pram: 4/22/11

I had a few hours and decided to stop by the Snake, since the weather forecast was calling for upper 50 degree skies and warm temps. I only fished for 4 hours, but had one fish to hand, a 17″ Rainbow that went for my new size 14 Chromie tie.  I was testing out the new Humminbird RF45 wrist watch sounder and concluded that its a good device to use for when I am not fishing a pram and wanting to know the depth of the water where I am casting and the temp. I picked up this last model for $50, and figured that it would come in handy versus pulling anchor and rowing over to the shoreline as well to guage depth.

I’d been conversing with a gent in southern Oregon about his pram and I’ve been on the search for an all aluminum and welded boat that is lightweight and sturdy, which is tougher than you think to find, but I did, and now its safely at its new home amongst several other boats.  This is a Rogue 8′ pram and has everything that I need to make trips down to the beach for the upcoming Pink salmon arrival and also for putting on a kicker motor for future exploration of eastern WA lakes.  Its a little wider and taller than the Smith boat, but it fits like a glove in the back of the truck bed.  Many would call me crazy, and I probably am, but I can’t seem to find the perfect boat, this might just be the last pram I buy… 🙂

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