Our Fly Czar, Josh Linn, rounded up the fishing report for this edition and considering he did the whole thing on his phone with text messages, it was rather wordy. So after considerable editing out of his Thanksgiving menu, Christmas wish list and observations on Nick's feeding habits, I give you the highlights complete with emojis.
Erin Perkin landed her first steelhead this week, which is surprising to all of us because she has hooked many Chinook. I asked her to give me all of the details and she basically texted “Hard take and immediate acrobatics. It was all around awesomeness. She was a beaut 🐟🐟 "
I’m pretty sure her smile sums it up pretty well. So that was a high.
I got another text message at dinner from a couple buddies and they had every floaters worst nightmare come true. They had fished all day and when they got to the boat launch, no truck. Whenever you drift a river in the back of your mind there’s always this little voice wondering if your rig is going to be at the takeout. I always thought the JD, the Upper Klickitat, or the Grand Ronde would be the worst places for that to happen. Well, it hasn't happen to me yet, but it didn’t happen to those two.
I got separate text messages from the two of them. The first two were from Dave. “They forgot our shuttle ⚡. We are hiking out." Then.. "They are sending someone. Serious ♥... Brutal. It’s a long hike out of the canyon to get cell service."
The next morning I got a message from Jim. “It was a crazy adventure. I always thought that would be the worst place for that to happen. The worst was that my waders started leaking first thing in the morning so I was cold as %$&#*. The walking helped.”
The boys did make it out and finally got home 8 hours later. I had made plans to float with them the next day, but that plan was 86’d because they needed their beauty sleep.
Since I’m done fishing the east side until next year my thoughts and sights are turned towards winter steelhead. My normal rule is that when the rivers are up and have been up for about three weeks there will be winter fish in the system. Well the rivers have been up and the gauge looks good. It had been raining so things weren’t going to change much.
When I got up Monday morning I checked the gauge as per usual and of course the river is climbing straight up. Mother Nature is fickle. The thing is the river can be rising and still be clear or it could be about to peak. Well, the whole drive was ominous and it poured down rain the whole way. I’m guessing you can figure out by now what happened. Yep, blown. Well, at least it’ll be a nice day for a float..... I guess I jumped the gun on this one.
I'll see you at the Black Friday Fish-A-Long!