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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill wets line at Brewster sockeye-mania

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler (note: anglers should use caution before planning a trip to central Washington due to the wildfire concerns):

I had heard that the sockeye fishing was already good in the Brewster Pool, so I talked my wife Eileen into getting up at 3 a.m. to give it a try.

We were there on a Monday, so the traffic on the Pool wasn’t too bad. I put out the same gear that worked for me at Wells a few days earlier and figured that would do the trick.

Not.

I wasted some good fishing time dragging this stuff around. I found that the fish in Brewster Pool were sensitive to leader length, and until I got my rigs shortened up to about ten inches, I wasn’t getting hits. I also found out that the sockeye wanted a hot pink color.

I happened to have some R and K Sockeye rigs in the boat, and they worked great. They are tied with two sickle hooks, too, which I think helped land fish. I made sure the baits were fresh and dosed with scent again. Eileen did a great job netting the fish, and we were four for four.

Then the fish got frisky. It took a while to get a couple more and then the bite died. I can’t wait to get back up there now that I have a better idea of what to do.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

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