Haven’t been able to fish much the last few weeks due to a busy schedule but mainly we haven’t had any substantial amount of rainfall. We would normally fish the Capilano River this time of year but the river is just way too low. We’ve gone here and there but gotten nothing so that is why you haven’t seen a post. For those of you that love the sunshine that we are having, great. But i wouldn’t mind a few days of rain just so i could stay a bit closer to home, the Capilano that is.
Anyways, let’s give a bit of focus to Zero here. After a late planning the night before, we decided to hit a river that we haven’t really fished this time of year. I was dying to do some salmon fishing and didn’t really want to do too much work paddling the kayak. So we decided to drive a bit further and fish the Chehalis River. It’s a mix feeling for me about this river. I love the salmon fishing during the fall here but dread the long walks to a fishing spot just to find out that you are 15mins too late. Let me tell ya, we walked A LOT today and did some really dumb sh*%. Well, i did it but it was all good. Ok ok, i have to stop ranting here. We walked for roughly 20mins to get to the first spot. It was hot, especially in waders but i cooled off sitting in the water, allowing small amounts of water into the wader from the crack in my knee area. Damn waders. So we geared up, roe for me and blade for Zero. I had hits on almost every cast but they were not significantly strong so i knew, i was not going to have enough roe for the day. The purpose of this trip was to see if we could get some early red springs as this river is opened for retention June 1. Anyways, Zero sees me getting a couple of bites so he moves up above me to get a drift into my spot. First cast, BAM!!! Fish ON!!. I look at him with disbelief as he drifted into my spot. There was noone around and he literally takes my spot as i was re-baiting. Man, that is something i would do to him just to piss him off. Oh well, time to pull out the camera and help him record the, uh so exciting battle, hahahah. So here is the first steelhead for him but it slips to freedom before i could take a proper photo.
He always holds his fish in that manner where it can slip out of his hands. He wasn’t too upset as it was a wild anyways. We stayed for another 20mins with nothing except for smolts so time to move on.
Bush whacking is quite common here as greens have covered the old trails. Just have to watch your step as fallen branches try to get the better of you. Next spot, a bit more life on the other side of the river. We only saw a handful of people fishing during this trip. Still a bit early for the springs. As we were walking, i spotted a nice deep slot from a distance and i knew instantly that i was going to cast into that first. I picked up the pace to head over and baited right away. Didn’t want Zero to chuck his blade in just yet. Also trying to get away from the trash talking. Made my first couple of cast. Realized that it was deeper than the 2ft depth i had. Re-adjusted to the correct height that i thought. Next cast…. float takes a dip…. and another dip…. Man, all this little guys. Let’s just set the hook. Fish on, but it felt like it was only a pound. Slowly cranking it in while Zero had a smirk on his face. Then it starts to tug a bit more. What is this trout doing, trying to put up a fight? As it goes back into the deep water, i pulled it back and closer to shore. Zero spots it and says its HUGE!! That feeling comes back to me with my first and second steelhead. Starts out weak but goes crazy as it comes closer. It starts leaping out of the water about 5 times before it decides to settle down. Had it close enough to touch but takes off again. Finally get a good grip on her tail and this is what i got today. A bit bigger than Zero’s. Hatchery too but was not sure if i was able to keep it, so a quick photo and sent her on its way.
The rest of the day was spent bush whacking some more and jumping into the river to get completely soaked, hahaha. Didn’t want to slide down the side like Zero, so i decided to jump in instead as i thought i could land vertically. Which is not entirely false as i did land on my feet but i kinda bounced a little and fell backwards allowing more than i should into my waders, hahaha. It was a hot day and that is a nice way to cool off.
Anyways, i’m done here with the story and i hope there is some rain in the forecast. Otherwise, i wont have a chance to fish the Capilano when July 1 opens the vedder up for some springs. Like what my daughters keep on saying to me, “Peace out rainbow trout”.