Had a great time, nearly drowned both days

We’re going back to the Strait. I’ve been tying some Nelson silver salmon flies in various colors for bucktailing in the prop wash. One week of debauchery in the no-man’s land between the U.S. and Canada. Here are a bunch of new paintings that attempt to capture the hopes and terrors of small boat operator on The Strait of Juan de Fuca.

#15: Salmon Slam Painting


Kelp Greenling

Salmon Slam Paintings CTD

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8 Responses to Had a great time, nearly drowned both days

  1. Joe says:

    Um……. am I the only person that notices something a bit strange about the second painting? looks a lot like a white pe…….

  2. David Jensen says:

    OK, this is off topic of Jay’s art, but I need help. Going to Lake Creek tomorrow for sea run Blueback cutts. Floating the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue starting Monday. Any reports?

  3. Token Trees says:

    joe… i noticed it to, i would of thought it a pectoral fin as well until i noticed the nipple at the top.

  4. Rob R says:

    Fun stuff!

    David: Lake Creek’s got cutties, but the real “bluebacks” are still in the mainstem estuary from Farnham down to C&D dock. Plenty of residents in Lake Creek. The Rogue has been fishing very well for all speices, and cooler temps have fish moving into and up the river faster than usual.

  5. Capt. Nate says:

    That’s not jay’s art… and that probably is a giant D!

  6. David Jensen says:

    Glad I left Vida before I read Rob’s response about Bluebacks. Had to get out early to get there to fish a bit before sun was on the water. Actually, some have moved up 6 miles above Farnham’s to The Horn on Lake Creek, despite no rain nor clouds. It has to be the unusually cold water. Got 3 nice chrome sea runs and some other year rounders, all on Borden Specials. Later tried Spruce, but no hits. Maybe the pattern, maybe the sun coming on.

    I’ve received other reports like Rob’s, that the cold water has half-pounders moving up into the fresh water weeks early. I’ll report on results in a week. One day or evening, I am going to Through Back days, chucking red ants, juicy bugs (2 hooks) at them, putting the new stuff in the cooler.

  7. Oregon Fly Fishing Blog says:

    Right on, Capt. Nate. Not my subconscious squid. JN

  8. Rob R says:

    Good reminder to ignore web reports and just go fishing.

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