It’s been a long time since i have posted but we have gone out a few times in January with nothing to show for. February was a complete write-off in terms of fishing as i had a hectic schedule traveling to Asia. Anyways, no one wants to hear about my business trip. It’s all about fishing here.
Snow from the previous week, warmer weather this weekend, rain warning in effect, only 1 steelhead under the belt. It’s time to head out. Even though we knew that the elements of nature isn’t on our side, we didn’t care. Wet, cold, numbness and miserable are all so familiar as these are days that near the end of each type of fishing season. No difference here but this is our winter here in the lower mainland during this time of year.
Excitement + Faith + opportunity is what keeps us doing what we enjoy most in the great outdoors. But really, it’s the post from the previous weeks of others having success keeps me wanting a piece of the action. Today, was a great day for the both of us. We arrived just minutes after 8am and next to the water by 8:30. Nope, the walk wasn’t that far, most of the time was spent trying to dress ourselves. With the down time, we couldn’t figure out which leg to put in the wader first, hahaha. Nah, just kept on forgetting to put the thermal on first so everything had to come off. A couple more times, we will get right back into it. Anyways, back to the water, nice little run about 200ft, with all your key ingredients. Fast, slow and slack water running in harmony. Thinking to myself, does it look fishy? Only one way to find out. Started at the top with blade while Kemal on the bottom with jensen and white wool, nothing, then Kemal and i switched places. With the cooler air near the water, it’s typical this time of year to have toques and hoodies on. Blocking out as much wind and nature as possible to the head. But also, i couldn’t hear Kemal yell, “Fish On!!” Absolutely no sense of direction on where the voice was coming from. But later, got a wave from him to come over. Pointed out exactly where he had the take down but spent another 30mins with nothing. Quite unfortunate that it got away but with a glimpse of what could have been put a smile on his face. Time to move on to the next run.
Playing within channels of channels due to the high waters did yield something little. Here is what Kemal got on his 3rd cast. Fishing is fishing regardless of size. :D
A whitefish that would have been great for a little snack on the fire, hahaha. But too bad the rain just wouldn’t allow it.
I moved on from where Kemal was fishing to a familiar spot that i have fished during the coho season. Made myself a mental note at the time to come back when steelheads were around. Luckily, my memory serves me well when it comes to fishing, not so much with everything else. I had switched to yarn by this time already as the clarity of the water was about 6″. Needed something bright, larger and more juicy. Pink yarn, didn’t have a pink gummy worm with me, otherwise that would have been my first choice. Drifted in the slot which i thought would be my best chance but noticed that it was just going a wee bit too fast. I need to slow it down. Added another 1.5″ of depth in hopes to slow it down as it drags the bottom every so often. First cast after the adjustment, slowed it down to a speed which i liked. About 3 seconds in, BAM!!! FISH ON!!! HOOK SET!!! I know it’s solid, but with the ease, i thought it was a bull trout. That’s okay, a fish is a fish. But as it comes closer to shore, it gets heavier and starts to pull line. What? At that time, i was taking no chances. I yell for Kemal. Got a sore throat because of that, he didn’t hear nothing. Took out the gopro, set it between some rocks and continued to fight the fish. After about 5-7mins, the fish is to hand. A steel with some color dressing. Here is the highlight of my day,
Because of the absent of chrome, i decided i wanted to try for another one. Released hatchery which i didn’t think i would do since this is my second steelhead ever. But it felt good to release something of such beauty.
More rain for the next couple of days but sunshine for the next weekend. Should be good but unable to hit the flow as i’m heading out of town again. Hopefully the week after provides even more opportunities but it’s just so soothing to be out again. The water is high and fast, almost lost my footing at one point. Visibility is limited so be careful when wading, even in well known spots as things have changed. Anyways, keep dry and play safe!!!