Monday, April 30, 2012

Swinging into a new season

Big Al with a Big Smile and a sea-liced steel.
My last week of winter steelhead guiding I got the opportunity to fish with some of my favorite guests, a group from the S. Sound who lives and breathes spey casting.  I think over the 4 days of fishing I had 20 different spey rods in my boat, including all sorts of cool new "short rods".  Last year this group got to experience one of the many serious downpours we had, and only fished two of the planned four days.  This years conditions couldn't have been more opposite than the year before, and rather than hiding out under trees and wringing out wet fleece we wondered who remembered the sun screen.
Bob getting it done in his signature hoodie with an orange Metal Detector.
Dealing with low clear water conditions can be equally if not more challenging than high dirty water, but we managed to find some fish looking to eat the swung fly, and one day of exceptionally good fishing.  The highlight of the week for me was Bob bringing his A-game and landing back-to-back perfect steelhead in the same run.  After selecting a nice bright orange metal detector (Thanks Marty Sheppard) the first fish crushed the fly mid-swing and came to the net after a short tussle.  The second fish was much larger, and didn't come in quite as easy.  After a couple dangerous runs into the large, un-wadeable tree below us, the fish hit the net and was followed up by a big sigh of relief.  Bob was pumped after swinging two fish in the same run on the same fly, and I couldn't have planned a better way to wrap up my winter steelhead season.


  1. I would rather have a boat full of Kevin, Bob, Al, and Steve than a fly box full of Metal Detectors! Getting both is priceless in my book!

  2. Absolutely Marty, those guys are as good as they get, and you're fly was definitely the one to have our last day!


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