It was a cold and icy November morning and thoughts of steelhead were on my mind. I re-rigged all the hardware and floats and found a good set up with using a 1 oz. teardrop weight on a snap swivel below the 1 oz. Beau Mac torpedo float.
Only problem would be my used roe, which was completely frozen. I grabbed it anyhow and attempted to thaw it in the heater vents for the 45 minute drive up. By the time I arrived on the water the bait was thawed but not in good condition. Probably too much forced heat and not enough time gave way to exploded eggs and not many solid skeins.
Oh well, it was a beautiful day and a day on the water was better than sitting in the office. There was 1 other truck parked and a couple of guys getting ready. I quickly assembled my gear and headed down hoping they wouldn’t be at my spot. I was glad to find both areas open and nobody fishing. A couple of coho could be seen spawning in a side channel, the river was up a little from the previous outing but still running clear. I was optimistic on finding some early steelhead but to no avail. I did have a few take downs and landed a colored up male coho but that was it. It was cold that I didn’t want to de-glove to take any photos as the fish wasn’t worth shooting and opted to release and return another day.
Rod: Shimano Clarus
Reel: Okuma Raw 2