There is a empty feeling in my stomach and also a sigh of relief and renewal. For me, my winter steelhead season has come to an end.
Exciting, taxing, heart-stopping, scary at times, humbling and most of all rewarding are just a few words to describe the past few months.
I'd just got done telling Rick what I wanted, a big hen, 14 or 16lbs would be nice. Next cast, the skagit dives, "there's one" he says, not a hen but, hardly a disappointment.
Kelsey and Dean worked hard through the high water we suffered, 3 days for one lost fish. The fourth day was just about perfect, 3 for 3 ain't so bad.
We saw many different water conditions this year, as always. But we saw a lot more low and clear on the coast than usual, which made for tough fishing at times. Even in near perfect conditions we saw some tough fishing, that's winter steelheading, nothing good comes easy, nor it should anyways.
It has been a hell of a ride and I'm already looking forward to next year and what it'll bring, hopefully more of the same.
Thanks to all who came fishing with me this winter.