Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Dropping down into the current after the launch, we were right in the firing line. 8 guys on the right, 12 on the left. War zone fishing, and thank goodness we were getting the heck out of it.
3 other boats on a 8 mile stretch of road-less water, it was going to be a good day. Our pick of where we wanted to fish, when we wanted to fish it....and we were the only boat fly fishing.
As the day melted away, there was just something missing. Drifts that should have produced fish didnt. My dad lost his wading staff he's had for 15 years. Nothing was yank, yank yanking on my new spey rod. Other than that, it was a beautiful day.
A day's redemption can come very fast for a steelheader. All the casts, all the drifts, all the cross current swings, all forgotten when the hook is set and the battle is on.
Around 2pm, and all within the span of 30 minutes, our day was made.
Three fish to hand. The pressure of the previous week was forgotten. I thank my lucky stars for the healing powers of the Grande Ronde
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I have finally let myself to think ahead of the other season. The season where we dont chase steelhead and revert back to what we learned on...their smaller cousins.
Sitting down at the vice tonight, I glanced into my nymph box and realized I was out of the flies that do the heavy lifting. While its about as fun as filling out a TPS report, the worms have to get done. Rinse, lather, repeat. Fill up the box, time to go fish
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
When that happens, there is one place that beckons me beyond all else.
No secret to the fishing community, the minute you descend into the canyon, one important thing happens that disconnects you from the rest of the world. You cell phone becomes a paper weight.
Park where the road ends, and this scene unfolds before you
A couple of tricky river crossings puts you in front of some serious holy steelhead water. This day was a gift, a normal workday taken off for "mental therapy"
In all honesty, I fish a lot. Understatement of the year, right? Probably more than most, outside of the guide community, but I needed this day. I thank god times 1000 for my wife, for she couldn't be more supportive...and I thank my lucky stars she understand when I get like this. She makes my world.
I needed some hours on the water with OMR, where the majority of communication is done with hoots and hollers and the most controversial thing are the barbs that are thrown at each other over a messed up casts.
I needed time for where my biggest decisions rested on what lie to swing, what type of cast was next and how far to move down until I make my next presentation.
I needed to slow life down
I needed some chest bumps and atta boys when OMR and I laced into a few cooperative steelhead.
Nice work Dad
Minutes before the day was to end, I was given the best gift I could have recieved.
It was another last cast of the day hook up, and a firm battle was fought with a bright hen
As that graceful native hen dove back into the pool where she came from, she, along with the river, my father and the canyon I was standing in gave me the ability to put the previous week behind me. They gave me mental clarity. They gave me what I needed
And I will thank them forever for those priceless gifts
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Spokane's annual respite from Winter comes this Monday
And thank god for it.
3 years ago in it's first inception, The Fly Fishing Film Tour was the tipping point in which a guy who was very, very interested in fly fishing went over the wall to Crazyville. It was unlike anything we had ever seen. Mouth agape for 2 hours of relentless fish porn. Stunning destinations, mind blowing cinematography, humungoid fish...A solid TKO for me
2 trips to Belize, countless hours on the water, a steelhead camp, a spey rod addiction, more colored feathers for tying than a straight man should have and here I am. A slave to the river
Thanks a lot film tour...yeesh
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
When I have children someday, hopefully soon, I will dream of the time when they are old enough to accompany me a field. I have a feeling I will have my kiddo’s double hauling a fly rod in no time
Recently, I found the perfect children’s book series that combines the best of outdoor learning, a wonderfully illustrated cast of characters and storyline that will help kids dive into the world of fly fishing.
If your kiddos love fish, or even not yet, be sure to get them “Olive the Little Woolly Bugger" by local Washington author and illustrator Kirk Werner
This three book series is fantastic. Join Olive and her cast of characters for “Olive the little Woolly Bugger", "Olive and the Big Stream"and lastly, "Olive goes for a Wild Ride".
The title of this blog entry, "Camp Tightloops", is central to the main character, Olive, and her development into a fish catching machine.
Each book hits home by introducing entomology, fly fishing basics, fishing ethics, tactics and brings them together bound with life lessons that is sure to help future fishermen and women develop a healthy passion for the outdoors.
Olive the wooly bugger is the perfect gift for the beginning kiddo fisherman. For more info, visit olive the wooly bugger's web site today!
Also, Kirk has one hell of a blog as wellhttp://unaccomplishedangler.com
If I had a kiddo getting into fishing, you better believe we'd have these books for them