After the big rains a few days ago I was itching to get on the water. I knew we needed rain and the fish would come. JR has been good bird dogging the creek and giving me photo reports. It was time to get into action.
We also found Thao T. Had arrived before us and he was working the runs with vigor. I was surprised to find the spillway hole free and proceeded to Boulder down to the rivers edge. The river was running a brisk clip and clarity was good. I put in dozens of casts and drift without any takers.
JR was the first to connect and it was a beauty. I quickly grabbed the net and went downstream to chase the fish while JR put pressure while trying to keep the hook buttoned. We scampered downstream and finally the buck succumbed. Both Thao and I had fish on but couldn’t convert them to the net. Thao especially had a heartbreaker as the fish was just a foot away from the net and turned and popped the hook.
We fished until 5 and packed up and went home for a nice dinner and hit shower. This is Jr’s first and second fish of all time. He is a super metal head addict.
On a side note, I got a new pair of waders from Redington as the zipper failed on the original Sonic seam zips. It was never smooth from the beginning and last time it was royally stuck and the remaining bottom portion derailed causing a breach of the waterproof seal. I was able to pick up a new pair in person after taking the trip over to Bainbridge. The new waders are a bit longer in fit but seem durable and the zipper is smooth but smaller in width and overall size. Hopefully will last me longer than the previous model.