Snagging or setting the hook

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by POdnPO, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. coastal steelheader

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    I have a bunch of Okies, should try using them more instead of taking up space in my pack. Did real well on those nail polish pink/reddish clear ones, and occasionally the hot orange.
     
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  2. mkwerx

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    I don't drift fish much anymore - never did well on salmon/steelhead with it - and I always seem to gravitate back to hard baits for them, or fly gear.

    When I'm fly fishing I use spey rods to swing flies, and single hand fly rods to nymph or swing. Leaders vary in length - but then fly fishing leaders can be as short as a foot, to double the rod length depending on the situation - and one must understand that "leader" in a fly fishing sense is the thin, clear line that runs between the fly and the big fat PVC coated fly line.

    For swinging flies I am usually using a sink tip type fly line and a leader 4 feet or shorter - longer than that and the fly doesn't sink with the line. Too short - say under 2 feet - and the fish get too much a look at the line and will spook from it.

    Nymphing is about as close to drift fishing as I get - but I nymph with a "strike indicator" which is fly fisherman speak for bobber - so it's more in line with the bobber & bait / bobber & jig crowd than the slinky & corkie drifter crowd. Fewer hang ups, and no uncertainty about takes with a bobber. When swinging flies there is also no uncertainty about what is a take and what isn't - if a fish grabs at a swung fly it's already moving fast, and they always turn when they grab and head back to the lie they were holding in. It's just like swinging a spoon on a baitcaster, or throwing a spinner - you know when you get a fish.

    The GW from the OP needs to educate himself on techniques, because there's a "new" rage in the salmon/steelhead crowd called "stroking" jigs - which is casting upstream and hopping the jig along the bottom, like you would for bass or other fish. That's nothing BUT a series of yanks/sweeps, with a big lead weighted hook. Can be very productive - can also cause unintended foul hooks.

    GW was also wrong in that salmon and steelhead don't eat corkies - he's as wrong as butt-cancer on that issue. Orange, pink, blue, silver, black, green - they eat corkies alright.

    Good luck fighting him in court. He should be off chasing tail lights or asking someone if they want fries with their taco instead of harassing lawful fisherman and hunters. o_O
     
  3. coastal steelheader

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    In the rivers and out of tidewater I'm a little skeptical of jigging. Put it under a float and if the salmon still go for it, then I'll buy it.
     
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  4. jsparks747

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    Definately talk of Fish and Wildlife. That is completely unreasonable, wardens should know fishing techniques. That is why I have cameras on my boat so if I ever have something like that happen I have it on film and how I was fishing.
     
  5. jsparks747

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    Only time I snagged a fish was at Wallowa Lake this year fishing with my pops. Tossed the hook with a powerbait ball on it let in f sink, waited 3 min and slowly reeled it in. Trout came at it and swerved right as it bit. Hooked right on the top of the top lip.
     
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  6. Caveman Jim

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    Well, any word on the outcome?:)
     
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  7. oknow

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    No reply, might be in jail now:eek:
     
  8. Caveman Jim

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    LOL.....
     
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