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Name: Mike Carey Date: November 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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If I’m rating this day for myself fishing success-wise it’s a one. Fortunately I had Gringo Pescador along to save the day and bump it to a three. Of course, for him it would have been a five.

The water level was a bit high today but it had come down in 24 hrs from 5,000 cfs to around 3,200. Lower part of the river was colored up and a bit fast, but past the fork the water was in much better shape. We fished out of my little jet boat. The Satsop is fun to dart around with this boat, but a bigger jet boat would be advised to stay below the east/west fork.

We fished our first hole after a guide boat left, and started to see rising fish here and there – and Gringo nailed a beautiful B run chrome bright coho on a twitching jig. I was twitching as well but also throwing chartreuse spinner and plugs, but no love for me from the fish. After fishing this hole for about an hour and a half and no further action we ran up river about a mile and spent a half hour trolling a prime fish lane, but no fish came out to play.

Our final destination was a well-known piece of frog water off the east fork. As noted earlier, running the river this far up is a bit trickier – it has some sharp S turns and shallow spots with a fair amount of wood to be on the lookout for. We arrived safely and spent the rest of the day, about 4 hours, twitching and casting till our elbows got sore. Mark once again had the hot hand, catching two more chrome bright B runs and losing one. Me, I got one tired, moldy chum. We saw the bankies catch a half dozen fish while we were there, so while it wasn’t on fire there was action to be had. We called it a day at 3pm as the rains started to fall heavier. Back at the launch it was "fun" powering the boat on to my trailer. Be aware the launch has no current deflection, it can be a challenge.

Now if I can just manage one more trip for this year!
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Name: salmonbarry Date: October 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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I have been dying to get out on Lake WA this week and chase coho's up north and even checked out the Magnussen park boat launch on Tuesday and was planning on taking like a half day off Friday morning to fish~ well I got an interesting phone on Wednesday from a guide I use over on the coastal rivers confirming the trip I booked on the 10th for a trip on the Humptulips! I guess I booked it at the sportsman show and sort of forgot but of course was excited to float the river for those big boys out of Gray's harbor.

He informed me the river was running way too low and clear and he would rather take us on the Satsop which was fishing good on the lower river. Now I have also always wanted to float that stretch as my buddy Craig has a drift boat and I have a pontoon that I think would do okay there, so was excited to get the chance to do this!

Craig had made plans to be in CA this weekend so called the chef at Jimmy's on 1st/ Silver Cloud hotel to see if he wanted to go and since the Sounder's game was a night game was cool to go! ( ha! now it's a business trip!)
We met the guide at Montesano Chevron at 6:15 and dropped off my truck at the take out by highway 12 and piled into his vehicle to drop the boat in at the West Fork launch.

Slid the boat into the river just as it was getting light and floated down to our first stretch of the river to start fishing~ he told us we would be mostly twitching jigs and maybe pull plugs so I was excited to learn the art of this type of fishing as I have always thought it was a deadly approach to Coho fishing but have never really mastered it.
As we approached our first pocket Preston casted into a brushy area and got an immediate fish on! A cute little jack to start the day!

We worked this hole for a while longer but no taker so worked out way down to the next hole, I did miss one at the last hole so was determined to get the hang of this! We dropped anchor, made some casts and as I was bringing mine in along I felt some resistance on my retrieve and slammed it and it was fish on!!! This was a chrome beast that ripped up and down river before succumbing to the net!

I caught the next one and then it was back and forth between Preston, the guide and I as we worked our way down river until when we were 1 fish away from our limit by 12:30. He said ok boys, let's make this one count and I was making a retrieve had a huge chrome silver follow the jig right to the boat and take a swipe at it but miss!! Casted out again and this time picked it up half way in and came to the surface twisting and turning and it was a beast!! Hit the surface thrashing and threw the jig back at us! Darn! Estimates were in the mid teens on this one a chrome bright but alas did not make it to the net~ did finish up though with a nice buck so limited out by 1pm!

Pulled over to the bank for some Kodak moments, had lunch and floated back down to the launch! Great day on the river and even though was looking forward to Lake WA was glad I was able to get the experience of twitching jigs! Can't wait to try them out on the green!

Cleaned and filleted mine out at home, vacuum packed them and it was funny, that when I went to this site there was a video on cleaning salmon but one thing I might add is I learned this from Tom Douglas ( well known chef/owner in Seattle) that he fillets them, he scrapes the meat off the carcass and uses them for his salmon burgers and also adds to his seafood cakes! Check out how much meat came off the carcass by just scraping with a spoon along the carcass after you fillet it! Salmon burgers tonight!!

Rain is a coming so things are just going to get better and better!! See you on the water!!
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Name: obryan214 Date: June 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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smallmouth weren't the intended target but when we saw one near the family property it quickly became it. I started a topic in the rivers section about what I know about them.

14 cuthroat released between 10 and 16 inches. 1 steelhead around 8lbs will also live to see another day. started tossing gold Mepps in size 0. got the first 4 cutts on that then switched to copper for everything else. also tried silver with no luck and the fly rod didn't produce anything either.

saw 2 other guys fishing, 1 had 2 rods which just aint cool. they were drowning powerbait and as far as I can tell got skunked.

popped a whole in my new boots and my neighbors grandson and his idiot friends used my gazebo as an outhouse and left toilet paper and garbage all over which put a damper on the day.
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Name: obryan214 Date: February 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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hit just about every area with bank access this morning/early afternoon with no luck. was using every spinner and spoon I had. walked across the bridge at shafer state park to see if I saw anything swimming by but only corkies and drift gear in the trees on the closed upstream side.
after giving up I went up to the family property on the upper east fork to check winter storm and trespasser damage, some of each. while walking the river upstream to talk with my neighbors I spooked 2 steelhead from along the bank, closed waters so they're safe unless the run into the fly fisherman and the drift guy who the neighbors saw up there fishing out of season recently. the drift guy after noticing he'd been seen started playing with his dog and throwing sticks and trying to play off that he wasn't seen.
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Name: TrophyHunter Date: November 18, 2013 Rating:
 
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Been down to the Satsop a handful of times this year and have had some pretty good luck (4 coho and 1 coho jack), but not for a few weeks without the rain and the river being low and clear. Went back out this morning with my best friend and my brother-in-law looking for a couple last chromers. Right away I got one on my pink and black jig but was quite red so I popped out the hooked and off he swam. couple casts later another one nails my jig and i see a huge chrome flash out in front of me and the jig flies right back at me. Same happens again with a much smaller fish (still very bright). Then i hook about a 6lb beautiful chrome buck (one pictured) that my brother nets for me! Great little fight for a smaller hatchery fish! Later I foul into a chum and when i get it to my feet I realize it has a jig stuck in its side, score, out comes the jig and my brother-in-law put it straight on his line. About 10 minutes later he hooks about a 8lb chrome hen with the jig off the chums side and lands it. His first coho! We all lost multiple other hook ups but had a great day minus the constant rain! Maybe one more try for some chrome on wednesday, but cant wait until the steel starts showing! Tight lines all!
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Name: obryan214 Date: October 22, 2013 Rating:
 
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started near the hatchery looking for cuthroat and maybe some whitefish. what I found on the river in between there and my property were a couple thousand dark silvers and several hundred dark & moldy kings. using 6lb test and size 00 and 0 mapps aglias 5 cuthroat between 13 and 18 inches were caught and released, the biggest had a few leach like things crawling out its gills. no whitefish today, usually find a few of them. 9 coho between 8 and about 15lbs thought the tiny mepps would be tasty and were quickly released, about half were clipped fish. no kings hit but rarely hook them on small spinners. just above an island upstream of the property a school of perhaps 20 very chrome silvers passed by heading very fast upstream.
found heavy line and large hooks around all the places near the hatchery and blakely campground that are easy to get to the river at. I come across people almost every year trying to snag up there.
saw several people on the lower river targeting salmon, not legal in my stretch, but didn't see any on the bank. nobody was fishing after 3pm when I was heading home.
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Name: obryan214 Date: October 06, 2013 Rating:
 
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went down to the property looking for cuthroat and to play with the new flyrod. saw several people on the lower river looking for salmon but saw nobody catch any and no fish at the bridge down in town. caught several cutts up to about 15 inches near the property on the upper east fork. some young steelhead also. was hoping to find a few silvers or larger steelhead to test out my 3wt rod. saw a few large chinook holding in some of the pools. green diamond left the gate open since the last holiday and several people were around picking mushrooms and found 3 people on my beach in waders, claimed to be friends of a neighbor that hasn't been in state for several years and took off quickly.
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Name: lbcatcher Date: September 07, 2013 Rating:
 
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The wife and I spent the weekend at Schafer state park. We had a great time and did some fly fishing on and off throughout the day. I managed to land a few Rainbows and one Golden Trout. (catch and release that is). The wife enjoyed catching about 6 Rainbow's (catch and release). All where under 8 inches but they gave a good little fight. It did aid in dusting off the cobwebs of our fly fishing techniques; getting ready for the big fish to come in.
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Name: fishenfreak Date: November 13, 2012 Rating:
 
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Fished the Chehalis and Satsop this week because i had a few days off from guiding, had a great time fishin with my dad, we caught limits of coho, too many chums and even a few hog kings! lots of fish on eggs, especially on the satop, but we hit a lot of fish on spoons and spinners as well, chums on float and jig with shrimp that was their favorite by far. Man do those damn dogs fish HARD!! haha, we fished the chehalis in the middle of no where, and the satsop on the east fork, drift boat on the satsop and a sled on the other rivers,

Had a GREAT experience with some snaggers on the satsop also, GO to the river forum to read about it, its called "Stealing Coho From The Snaggers"

Back to searching for early winter steel!

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Name: obryan214 Date: October 28, 2012 Rating:
 
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the day would have gotten a 5 if we actually hooked something. started out at family property on the upper east fork, almost hit 2 deer on the way in. found 2 bull elk in an old christmas tree farm by shaefer, 3x3 and 4x4. heard it was opening day of the season for them. we were within 20 yards looking at them next to the no trespassing/no hunting signs. green diamond had their gate open, easier then dealing with the landowner access gate. the river was high and muddy. several coho and some chum were swimming by as we were targetting trout, no salmon fishing allowed up there. several silvers in the creek in the back of the property, watched as a pair was preparing and the male kept chasing a jack away from his women. a few guys fishing in the lower river by cook creek.

stopped by the skokomish on the way back, a few fishing. several nets in the lower river by the mouth, 2 girls were using one of them. that river was high and muddy also.

a long road trip and a good day even though we were fishless.
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