Father's Day

#1
Floated the upper stretch of the local ditch from O'dark til about 2. Didn't see or hear of a single steelhead even hooked by anyone. Water looked great, and after 6 weeks overseas for work it felt good to be back on the water, hunting for steelhead. After pulling the boat out of the water I checked the flows and got twitchy for a walk in. I mean, when you have a Father's Day hall pass you better capitalize right? Since I drove the shuttle rig I peeled out solo and headed downriver lookin for fresh fish.

After a punishing bushwack through the densest, itchiest, wader perforating clusterf---k I finally arrived at a favorite run. No sleds, no boats. Overcast, slight downstream breeze. I was almost excited until I realized my hands looked like two red balloons and I started sneezing so violently my sunglasses had to be removed from my face. I rerigged with 5' of t14 and an unweighted flat wing intruder in black. First pass through I methodically covered the sweet spots to no avail. Finally feeling normal again I figured I better cover the riffle a little better with a new fly before I hit the road. As I walked up towards the top I could see a flat spot formed in the riffle created by the high flows that I'd never seen before.

I rigged a new fly this time a violet/red/blue version of the same flat wing pattern that Alyssa had tied me.

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I started way higher than I usually do and after my fly hit the water and starting cutting effortlessly through the chop I could feel the mojo. I wasn't too surprised when about 5 casts later my rod buried and line started singing off my reel. 5 screaming runs and a few jumps later I had my hands on a beautiful chrome hatchery hen. I enjoyed the moment, bled and gutted the fish, hit the trail and was home in time for dinner. It's good to be back in the PNW.

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Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.
 

golfman44

5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
#6
I talked to 20+ boats today, not a single hatchery fish for any of them. Few natives, but no hatchery. Well done man
 

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