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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Fishing guide Anton Jones offers his “go to” places in north central Washington

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Here is the latest fishing report from Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service:

What’s hot is fly fishing the upper Stehekin Valley for wild rainbow and cutthroat trout. Also hot, is trolling for Lake Trout in the early evening uplake of Wapato Point.

This is a short window of opportunity to get some spectacular dry fly fishing in the upper Stehekin Valley for wild fish. These fish are so eager to bite, it is a great trip to introduce a novice to fishing streams with dry flies. We used mostly #8 to #12 Stimulator and Hopper patterns for loads of action. What makes this great is crystal clear water and large numbers of unsophisticated fish that are right where they should be. Hit a seam between current and slack water in depths from knee to chest deep that is moving about walking speed and the fish that will bite will be there.

Fishing just above Wapato Point on Lake Chelan later in the afternoon and focusing on Worden’s F-7 flatfish and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders has gotten good numbers of eating sized Lakers to bite. Look for depths of 165′ to 195′ to locate those fish.

This is a great time to begin gearing up for fall Steelhead on the Upper Columbia. My friends that focus on these migratory Rainbow trout are primarily jig and bobber guys. Issues when considering a bobber is balancing it so that a fish can pull it down with very little resistance and visibility. Mack’s Lures Glo Getter jigs or Worden Lures Maxi jigs in reds and blacks are our favorites. We like to bait those 1/8th to ΒΌ oz jigs with a piece of shrimp that has been cured in Pautzke’s Fire Cure.

Your fishing tip of the week is to prepare for fishing in the colder weather that is to come. I generally have 2 kinds of gloves. Liner Nitrile gloves for work that requires dexterity and roomy neoprene gloves that are insulated and don’t absorb water. Then remember to try and keep those hands dry.

The kid’s tip of the week is to know your kids temperament. Some kids you can get lots of information to in a straight forward manner. Others, you have to kid into learning. Some you have to bribe. Remember one method doesn’t fit every kid. Be versatile. You want to mentor a life- long love of the outdoors in a world that is becoming increasingly urbanized. Don’t be afraid to modify your natural style to try and be a more effective teacher of our angling past time.

The safety tip of the week is to check your trailer lights. The nights are much longer now than in early summer…

For more information go to Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service website or 866-360-1523.

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones. Pictured is Kathy Nylen of Bothell with long time friend Deborah Maxwell Buckner of Burke, Virginia with their evenings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw on Sept. 4.)

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