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It was convoy fishing with Gringo Pescador and Nate Treat today. We launched at the 7400 launch (what a muddy, mucky, tiny launch!) and drifted all the way to the White Bridge take out. Conditions were OK, water was a bit up per locals but clarity looked good. Temps in the mid-fourties and occassional sun breaks/ light drizzle. With two pontoons drifting we had a bit of time sorting out the best methods. Did a lot of side-drifting eggs, float fishing jigs, and some casting of spoons and spinners at various good spots we pulled over and fished. It was a Tom Sawyer kind of day spent exploring a new (for me) river with friends. The fishing was tough. We each had a take down (mine came as I was rowing to avoid having Nate get hit by some tree branches). I lost mine - it's tough rowing and fishing at the same time. Gringo did catch a summer run that was way to ugly to even take a picture of.

A long day, nothing much to show for it but good memories. We'll be back!

*I'm not sure which Wynoochee river flow station to pull up. Grisdale was 497 today, doesn't want to pull up yesterday's numbers.

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#1 The Quadfather says:
February 14, 2012 06:36 PM
A couple of sweet looking pontoons/cataraft.
#2 Toni says:
February 14, 2012 06:59 PM
Nice report. Were you able to get video. That would be helpful to those trying to float it for the first time.
#3 hydra says:
February 14, 2012 07:28 PM
my sister lives on that river, fished from shore with some luck! flys and bobber, fun times!
#4 MotoBoat says:
February 14, 2012 10:49 PM
Oh my gosh. Hydra's sister caught fish from the bank. While the boyz bobbed the branches and river conditions on there watercraft. Water does look fishy, in the pictures.
#5 Gringo Pescador says:
February 15, 2012 08:11 AM
What a great day! The whole river looked fishy to me! We got a late start (about 8am I believe) - I heard reports later from a friend that the earlier boats had better luck - can't confirm it though. I definately want to give it another go! Being it was my maiden voyage, I spent a lot of the trip figuring out how the boat handled, where to put stuff etc. The one I did land I actually caught side drifting a float/jig. Mike & Nate were too far downriver at that point to hear my screams. Wish they would've been closer to get video - what a circus! Went something like this... Bobber down! > Hookset! > Tighten line! > Loosen drag! > Throw the rod in the holder and ROW ROW ROW! > Hit the bank & drop anchor! - boat still moving damn! > Shallow water? yes! > Jump! > Grab pole with one hand, beach toon with the other! > Now fight and land the fish. > By the time the fish was in my hands I could hardly breathe!
February 15, 2012 09:29 AM
thanks for the report..sounds like an adventure and a day of fun with good friends
#7 djw0414 says:
February 15, 2012 05:51 PM
Sounds like a great adventure!! My latest experiences on the Nooch have shown me that I have caught more fish in the non-fishy looking tight to the bank amidst the trees. I think moving fish go through the great looking holes but as boats and fishing activity go through them the fish tend to move toward the bank. Very expensive fishing to be tossing into trees and debris for a 12 mile drift but the results can be spectacular. And being towards the front of the "fleet" is also important. Sometimes it is better to skip some upper holes to get ahead of the boat traffic and fish unmolested areas. Or the other trick is to take shorter drifts later in the day after the river has rested from the early boats. Have definitely seen that work.
#8 Mike Carey says:
February 15, 2012 06:27 PM
dang Gringo, I wish I had seen that. Other high point - first four hours of Nate saying "this is so cool!" Yup, there is nothing like floating down a river. Video - well, I would rather do one with actual fish in it, so we'll just have to hit that river again I think. :-)
#9 natetreat says:
February 16, 2012 09:05 PM
It was so cool! Those pontoons are so sweet to ride on! Was the most fun I've had in a while!
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