Some of the best moments I’ve experienced are when I am alone in the woods. The smell of the fresh dew, the crisp cool air, and the stench of decomposing pink, and chum salmon. Well, perhaps not the last description.
We had a break in the weather and I wanted to give the river a try to see if any new fish have pushed into the system. Armed with a few freshly tied bead rigs, I was especially interested to try the sharpie dot cheese roe. Fall can’t be beat with the sounds of the water, birds chirping, and the last leaves clinging to the Alders and Maples.
All the pinks are done and the sea gulls were scavenging any scraps.
A thin, but beautiful Bull trout that measured 20″ in the net.
Wild is real, beautiful fall colors and adipose fin.
Catch and release wild fish!
Big buck Chum post spawn, ready to give back to the river.
Can’t beat this deal, $6.31, 1/4# burger with fries and apple cup muffin! My body charged back up and ready to hit the water!
While the whitefish bite calmed down from the week prior, with only a dozen or so of these guys to hand. A typical day usually brings 2 dozen or more. Perhaps since most of the biomass has spawned out so has the gluttony of egg gobblers. No other steelhead, trout or SRC were caught or seen.
A nice view of ‘SRC alley’, it was productive for a few beautiful red throated trout. But none today. I’ll give it a rest and resume the search next week. No complaints here, great weather, warm lunch, and a beautiful bull trout to hand.