The days are growing shorter, as is the fall steelhead season. Soon, we'll be chomping at the bit for the first push of fresh winters. But until then, there are still plenty of opportunities at the last of the fall "freshies".
The best week of the year, the "fly girls"...
It's had to believe another guide season has come and gone for me. Where have the years gone? I remember my very first guide day 8 years ago, I was a scared young kid and we didn't catch a thing. Much has changed since that first guide day, and so much has been learned.
The North Umpqua saw a great return this year, not sure what the actual count was but, the fishing showed that it was strong. Looking back, we typically saw multiple fish each day, of course there were some tough days in there to keep you humble. Some great fish were landed and some epic fish were lost...
It has been a little hectic the past month, a lot of travel from the North, Rogue, Trinity and the often overlooked Klamath. Dad, if you are reading this, yes I'm keeping the oil changed in the truck.
The Trinity has been a sweetheart. I think the Klamath/Trinity have the grabbiest steelhead on the planet. While any day spent on the river is special, the Trinity is especially for me. I just connect with the Trinity, can't really explain it better. It's kinda funny, and my clients can attest to it, when the fly is coming across through the goods, "right there, right THERE!". That phrase comes out of my mouth without even thinking about it, sometimes with an arm motion of a steelhead turning on the fly, I dunno, I'm a little crazy about this. I do this on every river I guide but, on the Trinity, the fish make me look pretty good, ha.
Many thanks to everyone that came fishing this summer.
Rich & Bo