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I hit the Squamish today and was on the river at 6:45 AM. There were just a handful of people there. With high tide scheduled for just after 7:00 AM, I felt like I was just in time. I tied on an "articulated" leech pattern and waited for some light. Just after 7:00 AM, the fishing really turned on. A fresh run of fish had moved in. I could see them finning their way up down stream. Suddenly, my line straightened and a chrome bar took off up stream. The fish went airborne and with a flip, my 12 lb leader broke! The leader must have hit a tooth? Hmm. Anyway, I tied on another fly and a few casts later, I felt a good pull right as I started stripping in at the end of my drift. The fish rolled on the surface, revealing that it was chrome. She jumped a few times, and took a few runs out into the middle of the river. However, I was able to subdue her and I managed to land this beautiful 10 - 12 lb. chum doe:



I decided to retain this fish, as I have never retained a chum before. Also as a first, I am curing up some beautiful roe.

Anyway, back to the fishing. The fishing remained good until about 9:00 AM. I landed two more beautiful chrome female chum and released them both. I also lost a number of fish as well. Then the sun hit the water and the fishing got sporadic at best. Perhaps the wave of fish from the tide had just moved through. In the next three hours, I hooked 4 more fish - all of them displaying silver sides. I practiced "long distance release" on them! No problem. I was very satisfied with the morning.

Interstingly, the river was very busy from 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Then, all of a sudden, everyone seemed to go home. I took a shot of the river and the beautiful mountains that surround the Squamish valley, and took in the scenery.



I called it quits at 12:00 noon. I can't believe I waited this long to wet my fly line on this river! Must be that Vedder coho fever! Perhaps FF will be heading up to the Squamish soon... :wink: .

Cheers,

FFM
 

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That's a sweeeeet chum there FFm! I've been to the Squamish a few time this year and have noticed that the bite turns off at around noon from the warm weather.The Squamish was a zoo this weekend I've never seen it so bad.There was the big chum derby this weekend so that explains that!.




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Rib - the photo was taken at 7:20 AM. There was light but I guess the camera flash washed out the environmental light. Hey Hotrod - it was busy out there, but no where close to as busy as the Vedder. There were lots of guys using both the gear and fly...
 

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Beautiful fish, Aaron!! Another friend of mine was out on Sunday and caught a nice 12lb coho, and 2 chrome chums as well........His first salmon.....So a good day was had by all!......Great pictures!....Ortho
 

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nice fish FFM

i thought that was a coho until i read your report :shock: :shock:

i have to get my a** up there and get into some of those chromers

how long does the run last ?? will it still be good in say three weeks (long weekend)

thanks

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I imagine that fresh chum will be moving through for the next week - maybe two. I'm not an expert here - Stone or hotrod may know more about this. I remember going last year in early November and I was too late. There were lots of nice chum, full of sea lice, but they all had some colour to them. I definitely don't fish this system as much as I would like.

Bye the way, I just finished filleting the fish. I took a measurement and she was 33 inches fork length! The fillets are very thick! It was more like a small spring! I spoke to a coworker at work today and he definitely wants to smoke the fish and share it with me! Sounds good to me! I've also got a piece in a marinade awaiting the BBQ tonight. I'll let you guys know how it works out!

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Were you fishing next to a guy with a spey rod and talking to him? If so, I was fishing next to him, with a couple of friends drifting gear.
 

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Hey Merc - that was me! I read you're report on the FWR forum and thought about whether I saw you guys. I remember you guys did pretty well as I saw guys below me hooking fish! I think one of you had landed a "keeper" right when I retained my fish at around 7:20 AM. Next time, please say "hello"! :)
 

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Squish Saturday

Hit the Squish last Sat what a workout those things are on the fly :eek: . Landed a couple chrome dogs that I gave to my buddy for the smoker 8).Couldnt find any coho, Ortho must have caught them all :wink: Thinking about heading up on Sat as well...
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Hey FF, Maybe I'll see you up there some time!! I hadn't been up there for 4 years, now after Tuesday I am thinking about heading up there a bit more!! Just hated the traffic to get there!! I had a decent couple hrs, with 5 to hand all lokking like this, well, except for the Doe that is!! She looked a bit different, but you get the idea!! :shock: :lol:
 

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Will do, I see a couple trips in my near future as well!! Also trying to get my buddy to lend my the Fly rod!! That should be amussing!! Wonder what I'll hook more, myself or fish!! :shock: :lol:
 

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Hey FF, Maybe I'll see you up there some time!! I hadn't been up there for 4 years, now after Tuesday I am thinking about heading up there a bit more!! Just hated the traffic to get there!! I had a decent couple hrs, with 5 to hand all lokking like this, well, except for the Doe that is!! She looked a bit different, but you get the idea!! :shock: :lol:
:shock: :shock: Wow nice fish! BS ...A plan is coming together for Friday. Hopefully it works out, and I can battle one of those chromers on some fur and feathers. If you spot me up there or down here, be sure to come over and say hi...I'll do the same.

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Will do Finder!! :wink: Mind you if we get the 50+mm of rain that is expected, I don't really know if the Squamish will be an option. :? I guess we will have to wait and see. If it does rain that much, I am going to have to head else where I guess!
 

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Nice fish BS...Friday huh? Awesome! FF...You guys are gonna get the timing just right I think....it should be perfect.....I'm going somewhere on monday or tuesday, but by then I think conditions will be considerably different...looks like we are finally going to get that rain....!
 
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