Been a while since I’ve posted up any info. The river’s been fishing beautifully, a little day/night snow melt cycling but it’s remained in near perfect shape.
The last 10 days or so have been memorable for me, a big fish and more grabs than I’m accustomed too. I’ve fished appromately 20 hours (more like 10 with my fly swinging) over the last 10 days and have had 5 fish on, nice solid hookups. Amazingly, I hooked every fish that grabbed (yeah, the fish hooked themselves, I just held on). One broke me off after a brisk run following the take (12# maxima tippet), another unpinned itself after a few seconds, another was the largest steelhead I’ve hooked (ever) and he gave me the most exciting 5 minutes or so that I’ve experienced with a steelhead…then he threw the hook. The other two I landed, a nice 36″ hatchery buck and the wild hen you’ll see below.
We have a local fly tier, Tom of “Slipstream Tackle”. Tom’s been tying up some really nice stuff lately and I’ve been using his flies with confidence, especially his purple peril and green butt skunk tied somewhat sparsely on 2/0 hooks. They’ve been working “real well” for me.
Plenty of fish around to keep one interested.