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Name: tframe Date: March 25, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fished the fields all day and caught one native probably around 10lbs. Fought like crazy and wrapped herself around a submerged log but was able to wade out and unwrap it. Caught her on a nightmare jig. Missed two more takedowns farther down. Cleared up nicely after the morning rain and the river was very low. Was easily able to wade a long ways which is always fun.

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Name: AJFishdude Date: March 15, 2015 Rating:
 
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Rearranging my work schedule a bit so I could get down to the river today, I took full advantage of the rain that came through yesterday and caused the river level to spike. My hope was that with the rise and fall in water levels I would be able to find a bright fish today.

That hope was confirmed; on to the report.

Again repeating what is starting to become my routine with this river, I headed in above the red gate early, beginning with drift gear in slightly larger sizes than I would typically use during the middle of the day. The action wasn't quite as fast right off the bat as I would have expected, but all of that was forgiven when a chrome bright hatchery hen hit my size 10 orange corky about 20 or 30 minutes after starting to work my first drift. This particular fish picked up my offering all the way at the end of the swing and then proceeded to go airborne, displaying her gleaming sides and giving me hope that I was soon to have the bright fish I had come for. Despite only being just over 5#, she had some serious tenacity and took longer coming in than some bigger fish I have landed. Maybe its because she didn't rip off a big run right at the beginning. Whatever the case, I got her to shore, dispatched her, and got back to fishing.

Pretty soon after landing her I switched to a pearl pink size 12 corky, and not long after got a hit from a big moldy thing. It was funny, as it darted away I could see white all over its snout. Not sure what that fish was thinking. Round about this time a few other anglers had come down to this particular hole, and I was figuring that it was about time to get out of there anyway as the bite had slowed.

Earlier while fishing that run I had noticed some action about 50 yards upstream of me at a spot I had never fished. Figuring that there may be a fish or two up there, and more importantly noting that no one had yet fished it that morning, I headed upstream and tied on a 1/16oz nightmare jig. Not long after finding the correct depth to fish this hole, I had a lazy bobber drop, set the hook, and began a fight with a nice double stripe hatchery buck. This fish was great, every time I got it to the surface it would angrily dive again, but after a few minutes of that he came in quietly and let me tail him. Not a bad fish really, maybe even a keeper, but it was still early in the day so I decided to send him back in hopes of finding something brighter.

And that is about the point that my catching ended (not counting whitefish). I checked out one other spot by the gate, and then worked the fields over pretty good but wasn't able to find any more steelhead. Still a great day though, 2/2 with a bright hen on the drift and a decent buck on the float!

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Name: AJFishdude Date: March 14, 2015 Rating:
 
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Despite the torrential rain that was in the forecast, I headed down to the Skookumchuck on Saturday to see if I could find some willing biters. I was really on the fence about going, given how low the water was, the storm that was coming in, the long drive and the lack of Saturday morning sleep after a long week. Well, fishing won out over all of that and I am definitely glad it did!

I got to the lot by the red gate near sunrise to find that there were only a handful of cars there and that it wasn't even raining yet. Fine by me. I quickly donned my gear and headed to my starting drift. The first offering for the day was an orange glow corky, size 10. No more than probably a dozen casts from starting I had a decent hatchery buck hit my gear and put up a good fight before coming to shore. He was pretty colored up, but still fun to play none the less. After the light came up, I again downsized my presentation to a pearl pink size 12 corky and got two more solid hits before the action turned off. On the first of the two hits, the fish took the corky and charged full speed at the opposite bank, popping off after about 1 or 2 seconds. On the second hit I barely even felt the take and only got a few headshakes before that fish too disappeared. I couldn't quite tell how the first fish looked, but the second one was pretty red.

By now the rain had started coming in, and with the dying action in that hole I decided to move to the fields while it was still relatively early in the morning, hoping to find some more fish that hadn't yet grown stale. Starting out with a 1/16oz nightmare jig I had tied the night before, it wasn't many casts before I saw my float slip under the surface, set the hook, and was introduced to my first native Steelhead! Mid way into the fight I got a look at its tail and wondered if it was a native, and sure enough, after getting it in close enough to tail I saw the adipose marking my first landed native. I was pretty excited! It was a gorgeous hen, probably in the 6# to 7# range would be my guess. I took some quick pics, spent a moment reviving her, and then set her back to her domain.

A few casts later I snagged into something and lost my jig and figured it was a sign that now was a good time to quit. All in all it was a great day. I went 2/2 on fish that were on for more than a split second, got both using different techniques, and landed my first native to boot!

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Name: AJFishdude Date: February 28, 2015 Rating:
 
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I fished the Skookumchuck for the second time this season on Saturday morning, still in pursuit of my first "real" Steelhead for 2015. After becoming somewhat convinced over the past two months that my new Seahawks hat was bad luck, as well as one of the two knifes that I take with me fishing, I decided to bring both along today and see if I couldn't exorcise those demons of mine. It proved to be a good decision, because that hat and that knife where badly in need of some redemption.

I got to the parking lot by the red gate just a bit before sunup and was to my starting hole for the day shortly after it was light enough to do everything I needed to do without the aid of my headlamp. As I got my drift rod ready, I looked across the river to the hole I had selected as my first target for the morning, and I was greeted with a wonderful sight; two ghostly steelhead shimmered into view from out of the cloudy depths, and I my excitement immediately began to rise. My first offering was a single size 12 white glow corky, to which I feel the fish may have had some attraction, but perhaps not enough to completely commit. By this point I could tell by the amount of fish activity (fish rising and sinking, running upstream, running downstream, even a single roller) that there were probably at least half a dozen sitting in the hole. As I drifted through I could see them move along with my line, sometimes it looked as if they wanted no part of my offering, and other times it was very clear that they were following it.

Deciding that this setup wasn't the key, I downsized my leader to 8# and my hook to a size 1, put on a single size 12 pearl pink corky along with some shrimp oil, and got back to drifting. The fish were definitely interested in this setup, and before long I felt that slight pulse of a fish accepting my offering. I set the hook, and immediately a bright chrome slab rocketed from the depths, broke the surface, and then took of downstream with a vengeance. I feel fully confident that I could have had that fish on the bank, unfortunately, as it booked it downstream my line got tangled with another angler's, and in his ensuing attempts to cut his line away, he cut mine as well. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn't mean to do it, but seeing as he didn't say a single word to me, I will never know. It seemed that my bad luck was back, and with a vengeance.

I retied that same setup, but by this point the light had come up enough that the fish were clearly starting to get spooked, or had moved on, and I was never able to hook into another one in that hole despite many things tried. Eventually I abandoned that particular spot, working my way back downriver to my car and what I hoped would be a more successful afternoon in the fields.

After a quick lunch I headed out into the fields, fishing my way down the river to a spot that has produced for me in the past. As I rounded the corner to my intended location, fate would have it that two anglers had positioned themselves at the top of the run in an inflatable boat (first time I have seen that on the Skook) and appeared to be backtrolling through my intended run. Obviously I was going to need to rethink my strategy. As I stood there contemplating, I looked across the river at a spot I have passed by numerous times without a second thought, only to see this time that with the current water flow there was a perfect slot formed on the far bank, almost an under cut ledge; more beautiful small river bobber and jig water would be hard to come by.

Deciding to take full advantage of this newfound piece of prime steelhead real estate, I tied on an 1/8oz Nightmare jig that I had tied the night before, and began working my bobber right up against the ledge, adjusting my depth as I went in order to find the bottom of the hole. After finding the ideal depth, I continued fishing without any luck and was getting ready to move on, when my bobber lazily slid under the surface right at the end of the drift. From the way it went down it looked like a snag, but this was most definitely no snag. I set the hook and immediately this new aquatic contender darted downstream in the direction of an overhanging log jam. However, this fish was to prove to be the redemption for my unlucky fishing gear, and I was able to get it back into the center of the pool where I played it out, got a hold of it, and carried it safely ashore. And what a fish it was too, a beautiful hatchery hen, coming in at about 11.25# and just shy of 33", which officially put it just a hair over my previous personal best steelhead.

I had broken my curses, landed my personal best steelhead, and nailed my first fish on my own tied jig after a long day on the river that started out with some much promise and so much disappointment. These are the types of fishing trips that you remember.

On a side note, after landing that fish I moved to a slot just downstream and while drifting a single 8mm rose colored bead, I had a vicious take from what turned out to be a little trout, about 9" long. As I got it close to me, I could clearly see that it did not look like a Cutthroat or a resident Rainbow, its adipose was still intact, and everything about it screamed "wild steelhead smolt." Just curious, has anyone caught resident Rainbows out of the Skook? This thing was very silvery, with fairly large spots (as compared to a normal Rainbow) and not a touch of pink, but definitely in the shape of a trout, not a salmon smolt.

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Name: Ijordan317 Date: November 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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Caught two huge hogs below the dam up river on my fly rod. Dead drifting anything that is the color of pink was the method of success for the day. You can make out all the fish in the water schooling up. Noticed a few nice greasy silvers as well in deep holes. Might be worth is to check out before they are all spawned out.

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Name: fishindude Date: November 29, 2014 Rating:
 
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wanted to get out and fish on my birthday and thats just what I did. Conditions were not ideal but went for it anyway. Fought the snow, and high colored up water and scratched out a birthday salmon. Let it go after a quick pic unharmed. I have been using kodiak spinners the last few times fishing and i love them! If it is in their face, they will bite it. Heard of one other fish caught and released. Not sure if there is any chrome in there. Plenty of dark ones though.

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Name: Weekend-warrior17 Date: April 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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Not one for typing up reports but here's another one anyways.

Went out for one of our last trips out to the Chuck this season. Got to the river around 9 PM fished jigs with shrimp down stream from the salmon hatchery in all those holes with not much success. Ended there around noon. Didn't have the energy to walk the fields so we headed up past the gate and found a nice slot with fish and I ended the day going 7 -2 up there on white or pink beads (A couple random ones are pictured here). Fish were aggressive taking the beads deep all fish were caught and released. Two natives and five hatchery fish to the bank total had to work for them but did alright. Lost 2 fish that went 15+ . Wasn't the best day, the fish are getting old but no mold on any of the fish i tangled with. It was worth the drive. Left the river around 4:30 PM.
Tight lines, get you some!

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Name: Bobberdownchromer Date: March 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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Arrived around 7:30 at the hole with the big rock cliff area. Nothing biting so we moved up by the hatchery. Worked our way up to the deadline with no action but tons of river otters spooking the steelhead. Fished a slot of water right above the bend hole and had a nice one on about 20 minutes into fishing the slot but I lost it. Later same thing happen. While I was there, a huge chrome steelhead taunted all of us by jumping not once but twice. After about 2 hours their we moved back down and we saw one guy hook up and landed a nice chromer plus he already had one on the bank, nice limit. We saw another guy with one but thats it. At last we hit the fields with no luck. I had a great day and always fun exploring a new river for the first time and definitely coming back, and with my waders fixed without a leak! Tight Lines!!!!!

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Name: AJFishdude Date: March 27, 2014 Rating:
 
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Started the morning fishing the Cowlitz by the Blue Creek launch, but after no luck there we packed up and moved to the Skookumchuck. Started fishing there about 11:30am up at the corner hole. The two friends I was with mainly drifted corkies and yarn in the faster water. I started out floating a jig in the slower sections, then moved to chucking a plug into the tailout, then wound up with corkies also. We were all using the standard orange, pink, black, red, white type combinations. There were a good amount of fish rolling, but they didn't seem to be in much a of a biting mood. After fishing that spot for about 2 hours my friends called it a day and left while I headed down into the fields. I started up high and worked my way down, again using jigs and drifted presentations both. Saw one ~7lb fish jump about four or five times in a row at one spot, but that was it as far as action for me down there. So, no fish, but still got to see new territory along the river. Next time....

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Name: akfishgrl Date: March 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Headed down to the river early this morning...2nd time to this river. Took a break and picked up a 4 big nests of line along the bank and a grocery bag full of garbage. Was nice to bank on the effort w/hooks and swivels.

Fished till mid afternoon with a nice hook up on a bright one punch 30 incher! She went into the swift water then she put her head down luckily I was successful in pulling her out and to the bank to see that the adipose was missing! Woot! Caught on a pink/white corky that I had found along the bank :) hee hee

Hard to write on your catch card when you are shaking ha.
..and writing it under salmon before you realize it
Really nice to meet new folks out there with helpful suggestions.

Saw Nate Treat and he helped with my photo, Thanks Nate!

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