Well at least for the next few days. As we wind down the year, the steelhead fishing has been pretty good for me. I’ve been out 8 days, hooked a total of 11 fish, but only landed 2.
We just got back from Portland doing the visits with family. I’ve been itching to get back on the water after reading many good reports for metal heads. The plan was to hit the creek at 7 am, but didn’t get out the door until closer to 7:45. I assembled the gear and was wading by 8:30.
The flows were up, but the clarity was still pretty good. I met up with JR and Lyle, Lyle had a fish on, but became un-buttoned. As I walked down towards the run a guy with a small orange and silver wiggle wort came over and started to fish below me. Shortly after a few casts he was hooked up with a darker buck that gave him a decent fight. I was surprised that those worts worked, I guess another item to add to the tool chest.
He left and then came back a another time to try his luck with no success. Shortly after JR showed up and we chatted a little. He had been fishing up higher and just a couple days prior finally landed his first steelhead on the fly rod. I can see him converting to a metal head addict.
He watched as I made my drifts, but had no hook ups. Around 9:30 I had a bump and a brief fight while the wiggle wort guy returned. It didn’t feel like a big fish but once he got into the fast water the hook became unbuttoned and that was the end of the encounter.
I kept on it, but my shot supply was dwindling and once I was out, would have to cut my morning short. After a few more drifts my indicator shot down and I was into another fish, this one felt nicer. I was worried I’d lose him in the swift water and led a brief chase. After get a handle on the fish she moved back into calm water and with the help of a nearby angler, he helped net for me.
After witnessing the action, the gear guy made a few casts and was able to return the favor with his nice chrome hen. I was satisfied with the experience and decided to leave at 10:30.
JR, and his first steelhead.
Friendly gear guy with his nice hen
My keeper metalhead!