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 Post subject: Last GLS T/R Spring 2019
PostPosted: June 18th, 2019, 7:58 am 
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As a grade, I'd give GLS a "D" for fishing this year so far. The water levels, the lack of hatches, and the dearth of fish combined to make this a poor spring...but there is still much there for me aside form the fishing. Camp is central to my spare time, and I enjoy just being there. There are friends there in town now, and I like seeing them. So, Friday after school I was on my way by 2pm. The dirt roads have been done, and the ride is much better. Saw 3 deer, 1 partridge and 1 eagle on the way down- didn't count the turkeys.

By 7pm I was in the Cable Pool looking for risers...and as the water is so clear, I was able to look for fish in all the places that hold fish- most were empty. BUT...caddis were in the air...and over the 2 hours I had till dark, I saw 7-8 rise, and landed 5 salmon- all on a sparse caddis or Legere caddis. I felt redeemed.

Both brothers showed up, and even Dad. We were up early, and I did the long walk through the corporation after the sun was onto the water. I did spend time at the start right out front and landed one fish...but I was LOADED and knew I would have numbers in the semi-unfished water in the middle. The Eel Pool held nothing- not even an eel. The ledges above the falls had...nothing. The Hemlock pool had fish that I could spot- YES! I hooked on the first cast, he spit it, and I left the rig in the top of that frigging Hemlock. Did I mention the biting flies were in astronomical numbers? AT the Stump pool...nada...Bill White's pool- no water, and nothing. WIggle rock...fished for 10 minutes and 3 changes of rigs-NADA...then on rig #4, Yellow stone fly landed a 18" salmon- nice! Then---dust.

The Y pool- nothing. The Cedars- nothing until the bottom, and a 10" salmon to a dry- and from here on, If I were going to be shut out, I'd rather be shut out dry. The 7 Isles...one take and miss. Flat rock....now things changed. More bugs in the air, and 3 salmon on top to hand- as yet, not seeing another person. Then at the sand cliff...3 to caddis dry, then the picnic pool- 8 people there. None catching fish, but also not moving and HUNTING fish...Met Jeff there and we came back for lunch.

Bass and tying for a while, maybe a short nap..a beers or 3, and onto the water for dusk. I went back to the Cliff- and the rise right at dark was stellar! Fish everywhere- Where did they come from??? I only landed 3, but I was ON fish for that night and Sunday night...small caddis were the answer.

Having my 3rd personal day on Monday, I was at camp alone (YAY!!) and worked the dam pool at dawn. Flat calm, and the light was such I could see for 10 feet down...I walked around the entire pool- caught 1 bass, and never saw a single-NOT ONE_ salmon...the fishway open hauls them out before they can hold for fisherpeople. I was focused on ending on fish, so I worked the heavy water below the bridge and landed the stockers...and then-

The fish started to rise. In the Hatchery pool 3 of use worked for almost 2 hours to short hitting fish...NONE of us landed a fish- but it was GREAT!!!! Take after missed take...change flies -go smaller, longer tippet...smaller still...I hooked up 3 times, and lost them all. It was perfect...I loved having to work for the take, and then work harder to hook up- and never solved the landing part! Then, walking downriver to camp, Hook and landed a salmon in the Evening pool...but when I netted him, Foul hooked in the top of the head- doesn't count.

In the end, I spotted a fish and switched to nymphs...and landed him on the first cast. End on fish.

Camp was a MESS--- and my dear brothers left it with a sink of dirty dishes and a floor that looked more like a dirt floor than wood. Laundry, dishes, garbage...cleaned. Then on the road to home.

Wish I were there today...or, better- this evening. Go with #22 caddis, and lots of bug dope. Wear gloves.

Good luck, as it is over for me, and will be a bass river in a week.


Time to tie- Best wishes.

PostPosted: June 18th, 2019, 10:25 am 
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If the flows had been held back a bit this spring to afford a flow of 400-450 cfs now- the salmon would stay in the stream a bit longer. But at 319 cfs- those fish will be exiting stage left quickly- and usually by this point in June the end is in sight. The good news- if you like to bass fish- is that they hex hatch will be rolling in that area in the next week- and the top water action will be good for the next few weeks on the local stillwater. Bring your choice of bug dope (or cigars, brown liquor, citronella, etc...)

"You never miss the water until the well runs dry" - traditional blues

PostPosted: June 19th, 2019, 10:49 am 

Joined: February 18th, 2017, 7:28 am
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I hope you guys enjoy the fishing I am only 35 min from the for the first time n 30 years but becase I am still not a 100 from my open heart surgey last oct I have fished it this year and I still not sure I will be able to fish it at all this year tight lines to all that do

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