Following on the heels of a strong upper river week the previous group had, Tom Larimer and crew discovered the joys of hot-hot-hot fishing days up river followed by what most steelheading is like, with one or two here and there on the lower river in between.
If there is an upside to these lopsided fishing days it the fact the lower river fish still continue to yard out unbelievable amounts of line and often leave you breathless and asking what the hell just happened? I got spooled by another 10lb fish? Or better yet, as Peter found out, an almost twenty pound brute drags you around the pool for 15 minutes and then spits the hook at the beach – all but the pictures…
Water conditions continued to be excellent, dropping slowly but leaving the river in the perfect 3ft plus of visibility that makes for aggressive grabs and shallow lies.
Everybody took turns on dry fly action in the upper river, with the Stump Hole and Motel/Victoria consistently holding fish. A sink-tip through the Stump or upper Jam hole was automatic…seriously. Guys had days like 8/12, 12/15 and 1/2 dozen before lunch!
The week wrapped up with a great finish for all.