I’ve been reading my post lately and have noticing i have just been writing about the whole day, step by step. It’s getting kinda boring and my wife told me to just write about the highlights so i think i will try to keep it short and do just that.
Started the day quite early for myself but had to wait for some time before Zero got to my place. I totally forgot that i was going to take a friend out today and had her wait at the gas station for over an hour. Finally getting to the river with familiar faces everywhere but this time, all with smiles. The day has begun with multiple hits for everyone around. With a friend on the side, not completely new to fishing but let’s just say, “It’s been a long time”. Fished here and there to get things going but none of the spots connected with anything. No worries, it’s still early in the day.
With everyone around, busy with hooking into fish, people are still quite nice even when the bites are on. I have met a lot of people on the river, i would have to say, 99% are great people. Always laughing and smiling regardless of catching anything. That’s what fishing is all about. Sure, you can catch the biggest, you can catch the most but still, everyone enjoys good company. Today is no different except for the fact that more fish is in the system. I would have to say, today has been a tough day for me on the river when fish are actually present and within grasp. But i blame it on my friend as i had to tie hooks after hooks for her. But that’s ok, that’s what friends are for. But i want to give thanks to those that have made the day a good one. I wasn’t able to land anything, heck, couldn’t even connect with anything. So a buddy that i have been fishing with over the years didn’t want a spring and decided to give it away, yup, hands up here. No shame in taking fish from a friend. But it wasn’t for me but for my friend, hahaha. Anyways, all in all, lots of springs and chum to be had and when friends are fishing amongst friends, no one goes home empty handed.
It’s been really tough for me on the Vedder this year. After seeing everyone get something, whether it be a spring or a chum, i wanted to get some action too. Even my friend had a hook up. I know i have been saying friend without a name to it but still haven’t thought of what to call her just yet. Everyone has a story behind their names but let’s wait to see if she will come out again. Anyways, she had a fish one but didn’t know so i kindly pointed out, “I think you have fish on”. But i got the response of, “No, i think it’s stuck again”. Then the next time you know, lines starts to peel off here reel like she left the bail open on her spinning rod. That was funny as she was just holding on to dear life, hahaha. Without a proper hook set, guess what happened after a 100ft dash. Pop, goes the hook. That was fun for the 3 – 5 secs, now she has to retrieve a ton of line. Still, all in all, good laughs.
My turn, moving from run to run, after saying “Hi” to everyone that i knew, it was time to really put the roe to work. Can’t seem to hit the far side so i decided, let’s just fish in front. Maybe around a 15ft cast, nothing fancy, just flick and drop. A few seconds later, float down, jack coho to hand. Quickly release even though it was a hatchery. Everyone nailing springs after springs. Nope, done with that from the Cap, don’t want to do that anymore really when cohos are around. Moved down river a bit and made a cast roughly the same distance. Again, a few seconds later, float down, head shakes, rolls, and jumps. Hell ya, coho time. After a few minutes, this is what i got.
After landing this beauty of a coho, i thought to myself. What if i didn’t get this fish today? Does it matter? Probably not, the prize was not this rare coho in the canal but fishing around great people that know you on a first name basis.
Anyways, it was a great day fishing and there are more to come. Rain is coming and river will rise, bring more and more fresh fish into the system so we are not all jam packed like sardines. It’s quite funny right now where salmons are all stacked at the deepest pockets like people are stacked thinking they will lose their honey hole. But just keep on smiling and the fish will eventually come!!