Mythical creatures. Bigfoot. Yeti. Loch Ness
The July caught Clearwater River Steelhead. Mythical to me no longer.
This time of year puts us at the extreme leading edge of the upcoming steelhead season here on the east side of the mountains. Fish are pouring over Bonneville Damn in record numbers again, but it takes time for them to reach their Eastside Tributaries of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. As of last week, 200-400 fish were trickling over Lower Granite Damn, just enough cross our fingers. At least it's an excuse to spey cast
After a ripping day on a Snake River tributary (report tomorrow) for Smallmouth Bass, new fishing buddy Adam J and I found ourselves taking our turn down the Stink Hole on the Clearwater in the early AM.
My new Echo 2 eight weight in hand, it was time to drop some bombs and hope against hope that a player would yikeee yank yank the loop right out of my hand.
The Echo rod just felt crisp and well balanced with a 525 grain compact skagit.
One great cast and into the swing...bump bump KA bam.
I hooked my white unicorn
3 cartwheeling jumps and 5 minute flight later, this little beauty was brought to hand. One of the cleanest hatchery fish I have ever seen, it was very gratifying to find out from the old timers who swung the run before us that it's the first fish they have seen caught since the river opened in July....
More to come, the 2010 Steelhead season for me is open for business