Thursday, March 31, 2011

Championship Belt

Can you earn it?

Had some time off lately thanks to a few inches of rain, and after restocking the boxes we got a little creative.  First swung fish this weekend is going to have the privilege of wearing the new championship belt.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sweetness

Nothing better than the 1st one.
Rolled in to a popular swinging run last week with the intent of having lunch and throwing some casts but Art (pictured above) and our friend Nate (of Bristol Bay Lodge) had beat us too it, and were fighting this sweetie of a hen.  The fish was Art's first steelhead, and it was pretty awesome to see the look on his face as he watched her  swim away.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

O'leary Theory


AOL chucking some line a couple weeks ago in the only clear water we could find.  IF you look off of his right shoulder you can see the O'leary Theory fly soaring away.

Lost and Found

Ringo unloading
Fishing has been really good, and after a 9 day tear of awesome guests, only a couple more weeks of great folks and the season winds to an end.

This past week as I was launching my boat at a popular launch on the Hoh, my guests realized that they had f'd up left their reels in their truck back in town.  Fortunately I had several extra setups, and with a hook-up from Aaron O'leary, we were able to fish without driving back to town.  As we were talking about our lost reel situation, a couple of guys fishing spoons overheard us and said "hey, we found a fly reel here this morning, will it help?"  It turned out that that it wouldn't as it was a Hardy Marquis Salmon #2 with only running line on it.  The guys said to go ahead and take it as they had no use for it and I said thank you and that I would try to find it's home.  

After a great day of fishing I arrived back at the bogi house, and showed my buddies what we had found, and sat down to post a found ad on wff.com.  As I was writing the found notice, good friend and spey jedi Ringo showed up with his buddy Matt aka "Meat Squad".  Ringo is somewhat of a reel aficionado, and I asked him to check out the reel and see if he might have an idea about whose it was.  After a quick glance Ringo laughed, and said "funny guys, this is my reel".  At first we thought he was joking, but after he rattled off that it had a leather case with masking tape on it and the reccomended line written on the tape, we realized that we had found a reel that belonged to our friend, before he even knew it was gone.  Thank you very much to the spoon fisherman at Morgans this past weekend, and although I doubt you read this, the reel found it's way home very quickly!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Don't let up!

Papa mac with his first fish on the swing, a beauty at that!

The annual Joey Macomber group was out at the Bogi house this week, and instead of bringing a hurricane like they did last year they brought some serious pain mojo.  I got to fish with with Santa four days, and it was cool seeing how much he had improved as an angler.  You will definitely see some pics of him around again next christmas.  Highlights of the week included santa crushing the young guns, AOL getting stuck in a giant mud pit (Don't let up!), new yoga moves, and P-mac popping his cherry on the two hander, twice in the same run.  Here's a photo recap.
J-mac having some fun in the sun, heyyy!
Santa had to touch his nose to catch this one



This is how you know they are fresh.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunamis, Hurricanes, Steelhead

The rain finally unleashed Wednesday and everything went straight up.  Even in the rising water we found a few nice chromers.  This morning I woke up to texts asking how far we are above sea level, only to find that along with hugely swollen rivers, a tsunami was on it's way here. A quick glance at the news showed us that the tsunami waves were expected to reach a dangerously high level of 1.1 feet, so shouldn't be wiping out the Bogi house.  Now that were dealing with blowouts for another day or two, it's time to tie some bugs, walk around in the woods, and watch hoops.

John with a beautiful buck before the rain.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Olympic Peninsula Film Roll- The Fish

Again if you want details or want to know anything about the photos please leave a comment.

Pondmonkey


Pondmonkey II



Wrong side of the lens


Sol steel


Not a pondmonkey


Joe got a big one


Released


BOOM! Headshot!




Sunday, March 6, 2011

News from the O.P; Thoughts on the Elwah

These guys are better with adipose fins.  Photo by Csquad.

I've been out in Forks for the past couple of weeks, and this showed up in the email from a good friend:

"The Elwah dam removal is going according to plan, the fishing moratorium is in place for both tribal and non tribal fisheries.  In less than 24 months thousands of awesome native summer run steelhead who have been land locked for 70 years will be able to travel to the ocean, and with some luck, return to the river to propagate a new run of fish.  This is the largest most expensive project of its kind and has real potential for some success.
The elwah tribe meanwhile will continue to release tens of thousands of hatchery steelhead smolt into the system with no means of recovery.  The northwest indian tribal council has decided that dam removal should not set a precedent for hatchery closure.
Yes, you heard correctly.  The Elwah tribal hatchery will continue to dump non-native hatchery fish into the elwah even though no one will be able to fish for them, and even though the the point of the project is to open up miles of pristine habitat to native salmon and steelhead."

Keep your eyes peeled when anything pops up about helping the Elwah watershed, and make your voice heard.  This is an incredibly unique opportunity to restore a watershed to a nearly unaltered state.  Dumping hatchery fish into the Elwah, especially while there is a fishing moratorium, will only weaken the genetic strain of native fish that would find their way into the river to repopulate it.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bulls like Skoal


Nice Hoh river dolly that hammered down on a pink and peach skoal leech for Dean.  No steel on the Skoal yet, but haven't been fishing it too much lately.  Back on the water tomorrow.