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Skagit River - February 13th, 2009
supplied by: All About the Fly
RECORDED:    43 °   FISHING: Great
The fishing has been great on the Skagit river. The flow has been up & down from the dams, whitch seems to be bringing in fresh fish daily. The visability has been good when the Baker isnt puking. The Sauk river is supper low and crystal clear. Type 3 & 4 tips low and slow with a variety flies has been producing fish for friends and I on the Skagit.

Report by Guide Brian Paige

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Skagit River - October 15th, 2008
supplied by: Angler's Guide Service
RECORDED:    51 °   FISHING: Excellent
Had a bump in river flow and it brought in some more fresh fish.  Jigs and dick nites worked well in the back water areas for some anglers.  The majority of the fish today seemed to be on the move.  Pulling plugs in the traveling lanes today was the hot technique today.  We hooked silvers or chums on every pass in water from 5 to 8 feet deep.  Dress for the cold temperatures have been in the thirties in the morning.

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Skagit River - October 9th, 2008
supplied by: Angler's Guide Service
RECORDED:    57 °   FISHING: Excellent
River flows have dropped and fishing is excellent!!  Found Silvers and chums on the move today.  Caught all of our fish on pink jigs. Other boats were catching chums and silvers on plugs as well.  I think any technique would have worked today!  Fresh agressive fish on the move, what more could you ask for!

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Skagit River - September 30th, 2008
supplied by: Angler's Guide Service
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Great
Silvers are showing up in good catchable numbers.  Fresh fish are being caught in most of the traveling spots in the early morning.  Once the sun gets high the bite is slowing down.  So slow down and fish the deeper holding water.  Be acurate with your casting into the wood and you should do just fine.

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Skagit River - November 16th, 2007
supplied by: The Avid Angler
RECORDED:    50 °   FISHING: Fair
I received several reliable reports from the Skagit near Marblemount and the Sky near Goldbar earlier this week indicating that there were some chum already high in our systems. These particular anglers focused on Dolly Varden with a swung fly/strip presentation, and they were successful on rabbit strip-based patterns in dark colors on sink-tip lines; chum were hooked and played on lighter colored flies with the same technique.

Although folks have run into a few chum that have made a swim, look for more in our systems shortly. The gauges are in working order and they all indicate that our local rivers are on the rise. With this fresh push of water, look for the chums to start moving up in good numbers with dollies, sea-run cutts, and the occasional late summer-run fish (or early winter fish) in the wake. Of course, we're going to have to wait until the rivers come down to a fishable level before charging out there, but by the time these rains pass it'll be prime chum time in our local systems.

As our local river levels rise with the November rains, it's nice to wade through a little Haig-Brown for insight. Here's little passage when he's discussing fast water rises: "We are inclined to think that a fish can do just about anything he likes in the water and, compared to a man, he can. But his body is subject to the same laws of current flow and current whimsy as is a man's, even though in less degree. Even though his reactions are five times as fast as those of a man, his eyes can still be deceived by broken light and erratic action. The resident trout is dealing with these things every day, of course, and learns to do very well with them - but even Ted Williams has been known to take a strike or pop up an infield fly. The sea-run fish is like a ball player at the first batting practice of the season, liable to be quite a bit off his timing; and to make matters even worse, he is not normally a hungry player."

Report submitted by Joel Oerter

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Skagit River - November 20th, 2005
supplied by: Dickson Flyfishing Steelhead Guides
RECORDED:    60 °   FISHING: Excellent
"It's all about the egg."

Many of you know that back in the late 70's, I stumbled onto and developed a saltwater Chum Salmon fishery called Hoodsport. The popular Chum Candy fly, is practically a saltwater legend. Of course, this was back in a time, where C&R was laughable concept. Why would you ever want to catch a fish that wasn't even good to eat? Besides, all Chums do is tear up your tackle..... as years have passed, I would like to think we have come a long way in broader angling horizon.
  Hoodsport got loved to death, we moved off to other Hood Canal tribs. Now we just do the North sound rivers.
A few years ago, I again stuck my head in the lions mouth. I ventured into writing about wonderful flyfishing for Dolly Varden on light fly tackle. The Skagit and Sauk rivers are the finest Char fishing in the North sound region. I remember as I began writing, the so called "Experts" answered back by expounding how anyone worth his wading shoes would never lower himself to actually fish for Dollies.......they are trash fish, of course, which eat salmon eggs...... Please read Dolly Editorial   Gee, do you think that maybe the fact that the 600 grain line for their double handed rod, that will over power any trout or char, just might have something to do with the low opinion of our wild char? Sizing rod to fish is a concept that never changes. (We are working on our own flyweight double hander.) Stay tuned.
Current fishing: For the last few days we have been enjoying an early winter, which has kindly reverted back to a stunning late fall. High waters have brought in even more Chum salmon in our Washington streams, and from freshwater to salt, anglers are out enjoying both the despicable chum and the trashy Dolly Varden. Does my heart good.

Why? Because only anglers who can enjoy all our fisheries are the ones who become passionate about saving and protecting our fish and their waters. It truly takes a village.

Skykomish River has fallen back into shape: Anglers are out. Stilly North Fork is about to go bait, so you feather flingers might want to hit that....

Sauk is absolutely stunning right now, can't wait to get over there. Mike & I just finished our annual Skagit River Dolly/Chum/Winter Steelhead Flyfishing schools, which would be totally awesome (right now they are just outstanding) if the Chums weren't just grabbing everything we put into the water.   Many of our scholars were repeats. Some were new to the Dickson guides. Special kudos' go to Scott H. who handled a lovely monster Dolly, in our Friday class. We were dead drifting egg patterns. Anyway, a hearty thanks to all. The pleasure was all ours.   We are already getting inquiries about our school schedule for 2006. Think February 3 & 4 for our next. No details yet but the outline of this annual Skagit winter steelhead school, hasn't changed much in 10 years.
Back at the ranch:
Dollies are on the Chum redds. Our glue egg-n-shuck is real good. Careful where you wade, careful where you cast!

Way too much fun.

The ghost tip makes the Yancy multi-tip and wonderful saltwater flats line. Seguar Grand max. is the best flouro. leader out there, in my estimation. Use 0x for dogs, and 3x for Dollies.

Egg-n-Shuck, and Black Bart are important now, because the Dollies are keyed into eggs, and good luck trying to keep it away from the puppies! Find the flies et al, online at Streamsideflyshop.com

If you wanted to know if your flyfishing reels are up to steelhead, fish now. Chums will show you what's what.


Best of fishing, best of holidays,
Dennis & the boys 425 238 3537

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Skagit River - September 15th, 2005
supplied by: Pacific Northwest Sportfishing
FISHING: Good
We're getting back in the swing of things after a few weeks off. The lower Skagit has been very good for pinks when the rivers been in. The entire river opens on September 16th and anglers will find plenty of pinks spread throughout the entire river system. Very few silvers have shown in the river thus far, though there are fishable numbers of both hatchery and summer silvers in the upper river right now. Getting them to bite, however, can be a bit tricky. The tribes have started picking up some decent numbers of silvers on the lower river the last couple of days, which could mark the beginning of the run for the Skagit. Down on the Snohomish the pinks are fading quickly. We've gotten numerous reports that the numbers of fresh pinks entering the system have fallen off dramatically in the last week. Lots of fish in the system and great action, but poor eating quality. The Snohomish remains slow for silvers and we've only heard of a few being caught down that way. A very brief shot of rain is likely all that will be needed to get them runnin' for the river, however, and it could turn on any time now.

We picked up our new North River Scout a week ago and are still in the process of rigging it. We'll start fishing out of it this weekend. On the water tests have proven it's a runner!

Until next week...good fishing!

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Skagit River - December 13th, 2004
supplied by: Dickson Flyfishing Steelhead Guides
FISHING: Poor
water levels - click here

As you read this, the rivers are swollen, and winter steelhead are coming in. The cold nights are dropping waters but the weather Doppler says it may be short-lived. Ah, such is life in the Pacific Northwest.
North Sound rivers:
Mike and Jonathan just got back from fishing the Olympic Peninsula. They found good fishing until monsoon Mary came through and forced them back for home. Darrel and I have been focusing on the Skagit up in the Rockport area. Believe it or not, fresh dogs continue to come up, Dollies continue to head down, and steelhead should continue to trickle in on this high water.

Black Bart continues to be our number one swinging fly for Chums, Steelhead (they will hit anything) and Dollies*. Dollies will grab anything, as long as it has an egg associated with it.

If the river recede, we will have fish.

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Skagit River - November 29th, 2004
supplied by: Dickson Flyfishing Steelhead Guides
FISHING: Good
water levels - click here

Football and beyond.

Rains and swollen rivers have kept us off the rivers for the past few days.
Mike is out on the Skagit as we speak. Jonathan & I will be out on Monday. This is my catch-up time, so I have been tying Skagit Skaters, watching football, and adding post Thanksgiving calories.
Who would have ever thought?

Back in the late 70's, I stumbled onto and developed a saltwater Chum Salmon fishery called Hoodsport. This was back in a time, where C&R was a laughable concept. Why would you ever want to catch a fish that wasn't even good to eat? Besides, all Chums do is tear up your tackle.....Yeah Baby!

Five years ago, I started writing about wonderful flyfishing for Dolly Varden on the Skagit and Sauk rivers. Better knowns were expounding how anyone worth his wading shoes would never lower himself to actually fish for Dollies.......they are trash fish, of course, which eat salmon eggs......Experts back peddled.

For the last few days we have been enduring early winter rains, which hopefully will revert back to a stunning late fall. The weather during this time of year can change on a dime. Lovely one day, brutal conditions, the next. High waters have brought in even more Chum salmon in our Washington streams, and from freshwater to salt, anglers are out enjoying both the despicable chum and the trashy Dolly Varden. Late Silvers are showing, again. Does my heart good.

Why? Because only anglers who enjoy our fisheries are the ones who become passionate about saving and protecting our fish and their waters. It truly takes a village.

Skykomish River is falling back into shape: Anglers are out. Stilly North Fork is about to go bait, so you feather flingers might want to hit that....

Sauk is struggling, but may get to fishable if the cold weather comes.

Dollies are on the Chum redds. Our glue egg-n-shuck is real good. Careful where you wade, careful where you cast! As the Chum spawn and die, the flesh flies will start up again.

Chums are known for the color green, green is about my number four color. Combinations of blacks, (Black Bart), purple, (micro Eggsucker), pinks (Pink Stinker) are all good. Chum Sport which is green, is the freshwater counterpart, to Dickson's' Chum Candy. See, I told you I was a legend in my own mind......

Everybody knows Dollies and Chum won't take in the surface, so don't even bother.

Way too much fun.

The ghost tip makes the Yancy multi-tip and wonderful saltwater flats line. Seguar Grand max. is the best flouro. leader out there, in my estimation. Use 0x for dogs, and 3x for Dollies.

Eggsucker C.C., and Black Bart (both have egg faces) are important now, because the Dollies are keyed into eggs, and good luck trying to keep it away from the puppies!

If you wanted to know if your flyfishing reels are up to steelhead, fish now. Chums will show you what's what.

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Skagit River - October 22nd, 2004
supplied by: John's Guide Service
FISHING: Good
River Levels - click here

Skagit River:
River Conditions:

Skagit above the Sauk has unlimited visibility and is running at normal flows.
Skagit below the Sauk down to Concrete has 2-4 feet of visibility right now.
Skagit below Cocnrete depends a lot on flows being released from the Baker and visibility is variable at 2-4 feet of visibility.
Fishing Report:
Fresh Silvers & lots of Chum are making their way into the system!!! Fishing has been a bit better on the lower river the past few days as fish seem to be taking their time at moving up.
Hatchery Silvers have bombed through the system and are now holding up by the Cascade as they make their way into the Cascade in spurts...but, they are very tight lipped & pretty colored up now.
Vibrax Spinners, Dick Nites and plugs have been the ticket the past few days.



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