In a word WOW ! Wow, this has been some amazing weather. Snow, rain, more snow, cold, wow amazing fishing, some of the best fishing I have seen in years.
In a way it’s been a bit of a tough two weeks. We have had quite a few cancellations due to the special whether we have been experiencing. We have had two weeks of snow and extreme cold for Oregon but I really want to thank those who tuffet it out. They were rewarded with some AWESOME steelhead fishing. When you are in a drift boat on a beautiful river with snow flakes filling the sky and a winter steelhead pulling at your rod tip you some how forget that it might be cold outside and when this 10lb. hen decides to do her aerial show you suddenly feel warm inside.
I enjoy all kinds of fishing but there is something really special about steelhead, I guess it is because they are basically an over grow trout and they fight, jump, run, and do it all three or four times over and over again. Even when you bring one to the bank to release it, after a long battle they seem to swim away with strength and power as if the fight you feel in your heart and arm never happened. WOW, what an incredible fish steelhead are.
Everyday of fishing is special to me and everyday creates another lasting memory. Some days tent to stand out a little brighter than others, like my day with Jeff and Rick we left for the river driving in snow not even sure if it was going to be fish able by 10am we had our limit in the boat and had released quite a few other fish.
The following week Dave Nelson brought his son in-law, Jim and nine-year old grandson Reece, this was Reece first steelhead trip. We had clear skies but it was only 20 degrees, Reece was impressed with the three-foot icicles hanging from the rock bluffs, he was slightly more impressed however with his first winter steelhead which turned out to be a 39 inch hatchery buck, his second steelhead that he caught was a 35 inch hatchery hen. If you follow the formula of length and girth his first fish was around 19lbs. and second 15 lbs. that is quit a way to start out your steelhead fishing career. Way to go Reece.
Our cold weather has moved one and now it’s just wet, our rivers are all running high but I believe as soon as they drop into shape we will have another round of very good steelhead fishing.