After many many weeks of searching, the first sign of fish in the system was in previous weeks. But there is nothing you can do to entice the handful to bite. Searching high and low but the water is at an all time low since i have started fishing the vedder. It’s been really tough as we have been fishing since the last few days of August but i don’t post unless i have something to show.
Today started with somewhat the same feeling as last week since there was no change with the weather. But instead of searching the lower reaches of the river, it was time to search Lickman and above. After wasting about 2hrs on the hwy this morning with a trucked flipped over. We had to pick up the pace a bit. Peach road parking, waders on, geared up, let’s go! We normally fish this stretch early in the season when the red springs are around. Nice and high but today, i can probably walk right across from the Peach Rd parking lot. I would have to say, Hook, Kemal and I walked from Peach from pool to pool, working our way down. Not many pools that was even worth more than a dozen cast. So now at Lickman, lots of sun bathers so we thought it wasn’t worth going any further down. Well, the back of my mind was thinking, if we did go down, lets grab the car first. I don’t want to have to walk back even further as it already is. Your probably thinking, it’s not that close but it was hot today. With the waders, not so comfy. I burnt myself during red spring so today, or actually all the outings after that, i was always wearing long sleeve. Simply just hot.
We decided to move up river thinking if the salmon actually came into the system, they will just have to find deeper waters. There are lots of spots down in the lower section that could have deeper pockets but let’s go upper anyways. So after a short drive, we are in mid river. The river looked okay but i know a spot that would have some deep water. If nothing was there, then we would have to walk some more. But thankfully, there were some small fish milling around so we thought we could just mess around for a bit. But as we scouted more, we saw more and more flashes of silver. Ranging from smolts to something in the 3lbs range. There you go, hope at last. So we worked the pool without much success but as i lost my float, yes, my handmade float we made our way to the other side. Everything happens for a reason. So only Hook and I ventured forward with Kemal on the opposite side. After using bait after bait, i was only able to connect with a couple of smolts. What a waste of perfectly good bait. So with one of my last few pieces, i had a huge takedown. But as i set the hook, the float just pops back out. Debris, not 100% convinced. Anyhow, used up the last piece and got a pretty nice hatchery something (either rainbow or steelhead) 10″. But wasn’t going to keep it or anything, just wanted a picture. But it popped off as my camera man was too slow to snap a quick one. Oh well. Even if the day was to end like that, i’m still 3 smolt vs 2 smolt. Hahahah. Until…. this one came along, on yarn!!!
My first jack spring of the season. How i miss the smell so so much, hahaha.
Anyways, i’m too tired to keep writing. Hope we get some rain, the river is really drying up and fish are queueing up at the mouth waiting to come in. I love the sunshine but we need to do what is best for the fish too, right? Normally by this time of year, the river is plentiful but now it’s just a bunch of lost souls. Anyways, i have to rest my foot so keeping it a 1 day a week fishing right now. Hoping more action will come our way next week but either way, enjoy the sunshine cause when it rains, it will pour. Happy fishing everyone and a big thanks to my camera man Hook!!!!