How to describe the past few months? That's a hard thing to do. The river was, well, consistently inconsistent. Most days we got our shot but we had to work hard for them, something we are definitely used to on the North as they never come easy and that's what makes them so special. I'm searching my brain for the right word to describe it, I'll figure it out eventually. Stay tuned. The beauty of this place never takes a day off.
In a year with not as many fish around (and just as many anglers) and tough conditions, you had to be on top of your game and as stealthy as possible. Metal wading staffs were turned away (who thought that was a good idea anyway), not just "right" presentations were called to "bring it back" more so than usual, ha, crouching approaches, different casting positions and angles, etc, etc.
You also had to move, faster, move faster, take your steps, "naw, gimme one more step..." "more line....a lil'more" Cover the water and cover as much as you can in a day, in the best of light.
As with all good things, mostly they're are stumbled across. Not sure if this will last season to season but they were biting this year. While only landing a few, we hooked many. Talk about pull. "There ain't no nook", yeah I'm not saying that.
Perseverance, knowing you're going to hook one in every run and fishing it that way. A random, "here fishy fishy" ain't gonna cut it, never has.
Summer is on the way out. Hopefully taking the heat and smoke along with it, and the high sun too. Fall. Bringing more fish, cooler nights, shorter days, lower water temps and longer shadows.
I had a great time with all those that I got to fish with, looking forward to fishing again and to what the fall may or may not bring. How many steelhead seasons do we get, right?