Late summer 2004 | Photo by D. Yi
Pulling into the middle of August and the salmon are beginning to spawn. The activity is light at this point with the kings kicking things off first, but any day now the sockeye are going to drop and all hell will break loose. At the height of the spawn there are loose eggs everywhere and you can find them stacked in every place imaginable.
In the midst of the drop, the rainbows and dollies go crazy snatching up any loose egg not secured in the river bottom. The buffet line is huge and more than enough to go around. At this point, the fish have one thing on their mind and that is to stuff themselves full of egg chow.
Although in the past I’ve never fished anything but a bead, I imagine throwing anything but would be futile at best. At least that is what folks have been telling me.
Fish on every cast ain’t a myth and at times, like last year for example, it can get a little stale.
Fell for the bead | Photo by T. Satake.
I’m still holding firm to my commitment of not using beads. Now it’s put up or shut up time. I’m planning to fish throughout the spawn when I can and am coming armed with what I hope will pull those fish away from the bead.
We’ll see how this goes down.
The positive side of all this is that I carry much less gear than I used to. No more multiple boxes of beads, along with split shot, rubber bands, toothpicks, and indicators. I used to rattle when I walked. Now I just carry a box of streamers, a few sink tips, hand tied leaders, and tippet. I gotta say it’s kind of nice!
Folks around town are stocking up on beads and the chit chat is centered around when the big drop is going to happen. At the fly shops it is non-stop talk about bead size, bead color, and where to throw a bead.
And then there were two. Collectively the crew decided to pull beads out of the bag of tricks. I seem to recall some bold statements by a few members. It seems as though a few of us have decided to use again. In the face of adversity it was just too much to handle.
No doubt about it...these things work well...too well. | Photo by D. Yi
Story goes that some rather large trout in a small stream up North refused every offering. It’s not surprising since the salmon are spawning and are keying in on eggs. Why they were carrying beads in the first place surprises me. In the end these boys decided to rig up beads and proceeded to hook one fish after another. These boys will go nameless until I can get the story straight from the fisher’s mouth.
Jay on the other hand is fishing this weekend and without hesitation said he was going to throw beads. Damn fool…after all that talk.
Well Tuber…looks like it is just you and me.
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