Fortune is where you find it.
Never fails. Wash my truck and post a blog about how dry it has been and it rains! Well if that is what it takes to shake up the heavens—- then it’s hotter than a rooster in a hen house on fire and I’ll suds my truck and polish the bumpers in my dreams. Finally some reprieve from a severely dry seven week high pressure!
Matt Leong in the glass and serving up a long one
Candy strip and hunk-a-hunk of burning power.
No rain since September, temps are ten- fifteen degrees above normal (78 degrees on the shop deck as of this post), extended fire season, headwater lakes have been drained, the Trinity R. is low (it’s bones are exposed and rocks polished with aluminum), spring birds (Meadowlarks, killdeers, Dove, Humming birds)are sounding off and hanging around, frogs croaking, deer plentiful and grazing on whatever is green, bear are eluding hibernation and still scavenging along the river corridor, spring aquatics (Tricos/Beatis/Callibeatis) are popping and resident trout and steelhead are taking advantage of the emerging bon-bons. What first appeared to be an abnormally wet and wild fall-winter has shifted into reverse, the weather gods are delivering northern California’s driest fall on record. Why? Where are we headed and what does all this mean?
31 Yr. Trinity veteran, Dwain Spencer, respectfully revealing his appreciation for the 2013 steelhead runs-Happy B-Day Dwain
Thanks for the calls and e-mails regarding our last post. We are stoked to witness an increasing number of anglers desiring to learn and fly fish traditional steelhead methods; simply a natural progression. On that note, time and time again we are asked what are our favorite fall steelhead flies, complimenting traditional methods, and what water compositions do they apply? First, keep in mind steelhead are unpredictable at best so almost anything goes. However during the fall season try to inventory fly selections that compliment time of year and mood of the river/fish; varied lighting conditions, low clear waters, bug hatches, salmon spawning, etc.. Inventory both weighted and unweighted flies to cover a variety of waters and depths. Fly styles and dressings should also complement waters; smaller size, sparse dressings use for low sensitive conditions and save the full meat-potatoes, large, heavily dressed flies for larger broken waters, getting down deep and off color situations. Although not itched in stone, a good old steelheaders fly selection rule of thumb is: dark day, use dark fly, bright day use bright fly. When in doubt, follow your gut instincts and dig’m out.
Get’n with it and go’n for the GRAB
Andy Hoodenpyle, an energetic talented young-blood dropped by the shop and expressed his desire to catch a steelhead on the swing. Andy mentioned he has primarily indicator fly fished and has experienced some success catching steelhead, nymphing with indicators, yet would love to feel the grab while fishing traditional steelhead fly fishing methods. The tone of Andy’s voice and wide eyed expressions revealed he was stoked and eager to step out of the box and try something new; a natural progression that ultimately captivates the majority accepting the steelhead challenge.