Last December at a Washington Steelhead Flyfishers holiday party, I won a raffle for a house on the Sauk for the last weekend in April. I invited five of the hardest core steelheaders I know. Dinners were planned, breakfasts were dealt with, wine, beer, cigars and single malts were purchased - mostly for naught, as we were out of the house by 5AM and back at 9PM. Both rivers were dropping and stayed in shape all weekend. Friday brought bright sunshine all day and no one hooked or landed any fish. Saturday was drizzly and cloudy all day. Two of us floated the Sauk and didn't catch any, although I'm sure I had one look. On the Skagit: Joe Brown went one for one; Marty Leith landed two; and the grand poobah for the day was Michael Mathis, the Clearwater guide from Spokane, who went four for six. And, of course, the most memorable fish for him was the one that came unbuttoned. Sunday morning broke bright and clear. We were all on the Skagit, but the fish had moved on. The day was bright and clear so after breakfast at the bunny farm, we said our good byes and left Joe on the river to await the evening. Tomorrow the tips come off and the summer season begins. Leland.