This past weekend was my first of the fall spent chasing coho. In my four years here on Van Isle these fish have continued to be challenging to put it mildly . As seen in the recent post by Hisgarness asking for coho help, these fish are very moody and require special techniques. This is also my first year with the skagit line system. This weekend on the Stamp the springs were getting a little dark and stale but fortunately waves of bright coho more than made up for that. I was armed with my 9140 (greenie) and the 550 grain RIO Skagit Line. This rig was really well matched to the job at hand. I could have used a lighter system but with the chance of hooking into some sizable springs I liked having the extra power of the larger rod. The skagit line was great as it allowed me to strip the fly in the slower water. I’ve tried tons of techniques for these pesky fish but this is my best producer. I think for those wanting to catch coho with a double hander this is a great way to go. I could retrieve my fly right into the belly of the line and then quickly feed it back as I was setting my anchor. Most of my time was spent with a 15 foot tip and small streamers like Mickey Finns. That said with the skagit line I was able to easily adapt to different water conditions by using various tips including T14. Of course even heavy flies like Clousers were no problem. The only down point I encountered was the nasty grove I wore in my fingers from stripping line all weekend. Looks like I’ll have to talk to the beach fishermen for a solution to that. With the double hander I was able to cover more water and had my most successful coho trip to the Stamp yet. Anyways just wanted to share with anyone else working on solutions to frustrating coho.