For those of you not familiar with what the Pacific Northwest winters have to offer, I'll give you the quick version.... Rain, Mildly Cold (35-50 average), Cloudy and Yes..... More Rain.
With the amount of moisture we receive, our rivers are almost always high, which in-turn equals, cloudy (milky, murky, muddy water, the opposite of clear). High and cloudy waters are two conditions known to turn Steelface into a somber non-active river Ghost. Anyone who's attempted fishing in conditions like this, understands exactly, what I'm talking about. Most don't even bother to leave the couch, but not me..... I am a diligent Steelheader and determined to prove others wrong, about catching Steelface in poor river conditions.... Or.... Maybe I was just really bored and anxious after sitting on my ass all day yesterday and I had to get out!
Not even kidding, it was raining sideways and the particular watershed I chose to explore happens to be in a canyon, which equals extra wind! And a bunch more water!
Anyway, I am not going to say it was my best day ever, because it wasn't, but at least I didn't get skunked.
The catch of the day! Juvi Steelies (cute little babies). Reminds me of catching Brookies in the Au Sable.
|Intruder is almost the size of the fish.|
I know I Know, I can feel your envy! Imagine fighting this hog on a 13'6" 7 wt spey rod. Simply amazing! I would compare it to fighting a baby Tarpon on a 8 wt. Yeah!
I also caught this guy.... Forgive my video, I was trying to take a quick pic, but the dang phone wouldn't work with rain on the screen. So, please dont consider this my debut Steelface Film..... This guy was a little bigger.... More like the size of a nice Rainbow.
Again the key here is...... I did not get skunked!