If I was targeting whitefish it would have been a spectacular afternoon. Even if I didn’t catch anything, it would have been stellar. Returning to the scene of the crime as steelhead was on my mind from two weeks ago when Dov and I fished together.
My buddy Jason was in town from the bay area, it was good to catch up, talk shop and find out how life has been for their family in CA. He misses the PNW and was therapy for him to be able to get out and wet a line.
After buying a few supplies at the local hardware store along with his replacement fishing license we were off and as we pulled into the parking area a familiar truck was parked with an angler setting up. We’ll whaddya know Dov Y.! Setting up his freshly wrapped switch rod he wanted to test drive it. It was a bit of a reunion for Jason and Dov and good for the three of us to engage, fish, and soak up the sounds of the river.
It’s good therapy for me as well , the sounds of a gurgling creek, the crisp fresh fall air, or the hike along the Alders, ferns, and maples. A rushing river brings my senses alive and brings me closer to God.
While I was looking for some metal or even a Dolly, that wouldn’t be the recipe for the couple hours we had. It was a whitefish bonanza, upon switching up to a washed out molted egg pattern fished dead drifted on the bottom. One after another with multiple connections these egg gobbling whities came to the net and to hand.
While most consider them trash fish, it can be challenging getting the right presentation, drift and hook set with their small pea mouth opening. The fish were healthy and rotund with lots of pink, and a few king salmon roe around.
I landed a dozen or so of them, it brought back memories of all the rivers I grew up on and the hours spent dead drift nymhing back in CO. It was good for the Seoul and renewing after a long week. I had the chance to test drive the new Sage Salt 6 wt. while it’s not really a good nymhing rod it is super stiff and very light. Next time I’d prefer having the 10′ 6 wt GLX classic for the task.
I need to order a versatip or even floating 6 wt. Line as I was using a 5 wt. floater and it was properly loading up on this ultra fast action rod. That’s for another day and place, but no complaints on the rod and it should be a rocket for SRC, pinks, smaller coho, and Montana Browns tossing hoppers.
Two and a half hours came and went quickly, but was glad to have gone versus sitting in an office in front of a computer. Life is good.