This post will be for all the fly guys out there, mainly Hook. It’s been a tough season for him as he has gone weeks without something significant on the end of the line. Don’t get me wrong, he has had a couple of chums on the other end but doesn’t really counts if his mindset is, “Doesn’t matter if it comes off”. Today we searched another river as yesterday didn’t yield anything, not even a hook up of any sort. I have not even fished as hard as him with the fly and managed one last week as i was getting frustrated with the pin. But i can honestly say, he has tried everything in his fly box. But nothing seems to work. He might as well just tie the whole box to the end and chuck it in as he was losing quite a few flies to the debris. Not good at all, no fish, losing flies, and to top it all off, Zero teaching him what flies to use to catch fish, hahahaha. Anyways, lets start with his highlight of the day.
Searched another system for the elusive cohos that we normally would do during this time of year. Is it too early? Probably. Is there a chance? Always!! So we hiked for majority of the day searching high and low for these cohos. Did i mention elusive? We found them, but it was so hard to get them to bite. But i do believe that there is a time for each and every method. If it was an overcast day, then i say he would have a high chance to hook something. Was it overcast today, not a chance. We fished for about 9hrs today. The sun was shining as bright as can be for an mid October day. Nice weather though but not for Hook. He fished here and he fished there. Trying to entice the cohos to bite his beautiful flies, as he always refers to them. Every so often, you would hear him mumble to himself, “Don’t you like my flies? Aren’t they pretty? Why won’t you just bite the damn fly”. When one starts to talk to himself in such a manner, we have some serious issue here. hahahaha. Only 1 conclusion, he is dry. hahahaha. Not in a personal way cause i wouldn’t know.
Moving from run to run, they are there!! Not in huge numbers but definitely present in the water in front of us. Even for myself, i’m getting frustrated here but i know that, when the water is clear and fish become a bit stale, they are not going to take anything. Well, at least not consistently. But that doesn’t stop the purist of all people, Hook. He went at like the energizer bunny. And finally as the last beams of warmth hides behind the clouds on the horizon, he gets his first hook up of the day. A big male with battle stripes is landed and gentle released to do its thing. A smile changes everything. Another few more cast, BAM!! fish on. He starts talking to himself, “Something different!!” After a few runs from left to right and right to left. A flash of silver!! This could mean the end of his dry spell. Shortly after, he lands the 5-6lbs female hatchery coho. Literally jumping with joy and walking as far away from the waters as possible to secure his prize. A sigh of relief can be heard. Way to go bro!!! Damn, i had the gopro on my head the whole time but forgot to press the record button. I kept on clicking the On/Off button. Give me a break, it’s been a long time since i made a video. So the whole time, i was just talking to myself. Anyways, here is the his prize of the year.
There is so much rain coming that everything could change in a matter of minutes. Make sure you have a safe way out if you plan to wade across a channel to get to the greener side. Play it safe, it’s only fish. See you all on the flow next week!!!