Well not exactly but a change of pace was good for the Seoul as I was invited to go fishing with Dov Y. to target Dolly Varden or Bull trout on an S River.
With so much biomass in the system including pink, kings, whitefish and dollies it would be an interesting outing. While in the last few years my interest has leaned towards saltwater angling my love for flowing waters has always held a special place in my heart.
Rigged up with my Winston LT 6 wt, floating line and a box of flies I was ready to hit the river in hopes of getting into some nice bull trout action as they can follow the salmon up to gorge on their eggs.
With a little hint of rain and cooler temps the salmon would be on the move. Pinks would dominate the system but dead king carcasses and fuzzy pinks would also be seen strewn on the river banks.
We methodically worked the runs with the fishey waters with several dead drifted nymph passes. Whitefish were common, pinks were in the way, an occasional king would connect. Not quite what I had in mind, but on another step and sweep I had a stop and dolly was on! Big, 20″ fish with head and dark shoulders was seen trying to spit the hook. As I tried to inch it closer to the bank and land with the net it popped off.
Next cast and run, indicator dives and perhaps another dolly! But this feels different, and sure enough it was, steel! Twisting, turning, jumping and running, put a good bend in the Winston as I cautiously walked towards the Shoreline careful not to lose with the barbless hook.
26″ of glory and a nice way to end the afternoon. Carnitas tacos and grilled pork burritos as this was my true happy hour of the week.