This week will go down in history – unfortunately not for the great fishing.
Photos: Jim Zawadski, Paul Reid
This was the week the all time temperature record was set for all of Canada! Best part was it was set right here in our neighborhood – 104 degrees was recorded at the Bella Coola airport and we unofficially recorded at least that here on the Dean. As one can imagine this did nothing for the fishing and by mid-week, the water temps had gotten higher than ever recorded on the Dean.
Despite all of this the anglers had fun! They even caught fish in spite of the grim conditions. Not a lot, but more than one could realistically expect.
We could expand on the fishing highlights but won’t go too far other than the fact that everyone caught fish, four anglers caught their first Dean River steelhead and Jeff Hickman caught a 25 pound bright chinook on a little size 6 low water wet fly.
The true highlights of the week had to do with the heat and what it caused folks to resort to. There were guests swimming in runs that they would normally fish. Some went on truck rides just to enjoy the A/C and boat rides to get some wind in their hair. The best however had to have been multiple guests taking afternoon siestas wrapped in their blankets on the floor of our walk-in cooler! Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Hope we never see such times again!