Another streamer that worked well was Sculpzilla in white and black.
Same tie but much smaller for another occasion in my mind.
Followings are my recent designs that I am more than half serious about and will use during the trip myself. But also there are always stories behind each fly ever developed. I have one. I thought it's interesting to post as humor and art. Though I'm serious and emphasize my idea, I can say "April Fool!!" if I don't catch any trout!
In the afternoon, still warm and bright, I went back to the same spot as last week. With another long walk and wading, I fished with nymphs and same tactics again at the same deep pool. It worked again! This time it was a 15-incher.
Again on a Rubber Leg.
Well, it seems I am still far away from bigger trout in Yakima. And I have only one more day left. I will keep the same attitude again. Though burgers and britos are all good but I reassured how sandwiches taste good while sitting in the river.
My another objective is to catch with and prove my new fly that I have just designed. Indeed at the very end of the day, I had one mysterious bite that snapped my humangous fly (yes, it's a streamer). I don't post that stroy and my new flies for now as it doesn't seem a right timing.
I'll do my best and find out more! Bottomline; I'll be enjoying!
I went to town of Ellensburg and dropped by Worley Bugger. Steve pointed me to another streatch I hadn't tried. It does look good! So I ended up more observing and making strategies for next visits rather than actively fishing.
Came home dry and happily sored, I suddenly felt how lucky I was and thought about "what if that happenned in Madison?"
But also, if I was fishing Madison, there must have been more fish where I spotted and fished......maybe.
I have two more Wednesday left. I have to look for 18-incher or bigger and also test my streamer patterns. Positive thiking! I'll find more!
I recently obtained a mrabou bag in sculpin olive. This is really a juicy color. I combined with brown or rootbeer marabou and finished with grizzly head. I think this is a total combo of sculpin colors. Furthermore, this time I tied with a short shank and strong salt-water hook.
Talking about marabou and large streamer silhouette, one of my favorites is Kelly Galloup's "Heifer Groomer".
This fly's articulation method gave me some idea. I have just made a Soft-hackle streamer articulated as a 4-inch long sculpin. Some of you might say too skinny in the middle?? Not at all because whole design is meant to be skinny and fluffy in the water.
These will be used at Madison in the fall for sure but I carry these soft-hackle streamers in sevral colors all the time. I might find out in April in Livingston or even tomorrow in Yakima.
Soft-hackle streamers can be swung and stripped with a floating line and also be effective with jerk-strip retrieves with sinking line
Tomorrow is Yakima-Wednesday!! I have another streamer patterns that I have just developed in various sizes and colors. Along with them and my lunch selection, I'll find out more!!
He also told me there's a bounty program for catching and killing these along Columbia River. Oh yeah, I have read a little article in a magazine too. Pike minnow is hated for munching on juvenile salmon and steelhead. How about bass, sturgeon, walleye, carp, etc in the river system around here?? And these salmonoids feed on their own fries.....whatever.....
OK, sounds like I have to play a bit with water level for next visits. I have found several streatches I like to fish and several fly patterns that work. And I am developing my tactics.
I just want to see one big 18-inch or bigger wild rainbow and/or native westslope before I hit the road to Montana.......