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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2016, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wild Chinook action on the Dean

This was shot in 2013. Chinook was estimated at about 35lbs . Now the excuses...Please bear in mind I am a novice and this was only my 3rd week of fishing and I am only a wee 4'10'' lassie. There is some un lady like behaviour but I am sure you will be entertained. The abuse my Bob Meiser 12' 6'' rod got was testament to the build of these beautiful rods..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Do...ature=youtu.be
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2016, 07:13 PM
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That was fun to watch. Those boys worked hard trying to get you that fish. Quite the experience, I'm sure. Thanks for posting.
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There was no way I could have stood up or I would have been ski ing down the river lol.

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Wow.
What a memory for you- thanks for sharing!
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This was shot in 2013. Chinook was estimated at about 35lbs . Now the excuses...Please bear in mind I am a novice and this was only my 3rd week of fishing and I am only a wee 4'10'' lassie. There is some un lady like behaviour but I am sure you will be entertained. The abuse my Bob Meiser 12' 6'' rod got was testament to the build of these beautiful rods..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Do...ature=youtu.be
I think if I went fishing with that same guide, I would have likely beat him over the head with my rod if not an oar

I didn't like the way he ran the boat up and down the river in front of the bankies, I didn't like the way he tore up the hole and ruined fishing for everybody else around him, showing no respect for anybody, then he tried to net the fish tail first. The guy was a complete idiot, and at the least I would have fired him on the spot.

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Ya the guide was kinda clueless on how to net a fish, but them going through the run the other guys where fishing was not ruined. It very well could have waken up the fish or pushed them to the anglers.

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Congrats on an epic fight! Scott is a great guy and a very fishy fella. Running the boat a dealing with all that can be a handful for sure. It's always nice to land them but you had the best part, he took your fly!

Beautiful river and I'm sure you had an amazing experience.

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Congrats on an epic fight! Scott is a great guy and a very fishy fella. Running the boat a dealing with all that can be a handful for sure. It's always nice to land them but you had the best part, he took your fly!

Beautiful river and I'm sure you had an amazing experience.

Thanks for sharing the link.

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Scott did a great job with controlling the boat , me and the fish and of course the net! All the guys fishing from Ross Island we passed on the way down river were cheering us on...Great camaraderie. I thought I was on a merry-go- round pirouetting downstream...

Next time.....I may get lucky
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Congratulations on your ride with such a fish. I enjoyed watching as the guide tried to keep the fish in front of you SpeyPuppy. Better luck next time.

One thing to consider when using a single action reel with or without a drag, would be to only wind to gain line and 'pump' the fish, if as and when you can. Leave the handle and keep the palm of your hand on the rim of the reel (if it has one) in order to keep pressure on the fish and so it can run under pressure when needed.

I was concerned that no one in the boat was wearing a life jacket in a craft with a high deck and shallow sides in a powerful and fast river. We had the token, somewhat tired, 'life preservers' on the backs of the chairs, which are useless if the boat would have turned at such a pitch that one of those in the boat would fall in, especially those standing up. The Dean looks to be a powerful river with a heavy flow as was mentioned.

If this is a professional guide then inflatable style collar life jackets should be mandatory (and worn) for all on board, especially the novice client. Signing a waiver form will not save your life.

The skipper at the tiller moving about as he did ideally should have left the help of Spey Puppy to the other fellow. I realise that then we would not then have had the film to watch.. Also ideally, the skipper could have had his motor kill switch attached to his life jacket and concentrated on manoevering the boat.

As an aside, with my experience of shallow, boat fishing for Lake Ontario chinooks, I am not sure if your fish would have fitted in the net offered. Having boated salmon to 34lbs myself, I would not even consider hand lining on such a large fish- far too hazardous.

Anyway, 'nuff said. Better luck next time Spey Puppy.

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Quite an experience but I agree with those who feel the guide was a jerk. Maybe you were inexperienced but no excuse for how he treated you while playing the fish. Also agree to skip the video, concentrate on cooperation on landing the fish and put the lifejackets on. My biggest Chinook was right at 36#s and it took me for a merry ride with bait casting tackle. If I had a chance to fish for those things on a regular basis I think I'd want an anti-reverse reel. Knuckle busting ain't much fun.
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