Who can say no to that? Chris has the truck loaded with enough gear to overrun any small country. Mountain passes, road blocks and food shortages will be no problem for us. Provisions and tackle reflect the conditions we expect to find in the next state over: cold temp, lots of wind, with a good chance of big fish. Extra sleeping bags, neoprene gloves and wool everything are backed up with spools of heavy tippet and bottles of whiskey: Experience has taught us there is nothing worse than being cold, sober, and skunked. At least we know we have control over two of the three. Game on.
The pass wasn't as bad as expected and we popped out of the truck to a balmy 40 degrees. Not the unbearable conditions that can define Steelheading trips, so far so good. Setting up camp takes no time flat (we are here to fish, camping is major second thought) and we head to the river. The first run of the day is long flat glide with a deep bank. We run our rigs through, mending and re-mending to keep them in the strike zone. We run three more similar runs with no definitive takes. Time to crack a cold one and re-tie rigs.
If there is one thing we have learned over the years it is to sloooooooow down when the fish aren't biting. It also gives you a chance to crack those victory brews pre-emptively. Gets the mojo flowing. I am a unabashed superstitious fisherman and will continue to be so until it stops working. After changing depth and distance Chris starts working the center of a juicy mid-river trough. His third cast shimmies down to the soft water and finally gets a *tug*tug. We had heard that the stockers fight like bulldogs and the natives are the acrobats. This fish feels the hook and goes immediately airborne. Maybe we can get the hang of this. . . .
No sense in going steelhead fishing if there isn't some wild weather. I think so anyway. After a beautiful fall day to kick things off the weather got a little more seasonally appropriate. Sometimes the boat is frozen to the trailer. No big deal.
who's ready for a little fishing!!!?