This week marked the return of one of the longest returning guests at BC West and the lower Dean. Greg Vidal and crew were met by continued cool weather continued good fishing. And not only were there Steelhead, but more late Chinooks, including a 43″ x 25″ bruiser that absolutely owned new guest Jason Tonelli and tested his rock hurdling and power wading skills down through Cedar Hole, around Eagles Nest and half way down the Ross Island run.
Other returning Dean River veterans, Chad Jaques, and wife Marjorie, also quickly stretched their speylines on some nice Steelhead. Several new guests, part of the new Pacific Angler (of Vancouver B.C.) posse, included Jason Tonelli, Charles Chang, Colin Rothery, Monte Hyssop, and Martin Malus. The ‘PacAng’ crew jumped right into it, shaking hands with and beaching numerous fine Steelhead and many more Chinooks in both the upper and lower river, including several ‘Ron Burgundy’ moments…(Telephone booth scene, after dog booted off bridge, movie ‘Anchor Man’…basically a lot of blubbering about lost things, in our case, fish! )
The upper river program improved considerably as the dropping water moved more fish through the canyon. Grizzly Run has proved to be the most consistent water in the upper, mostly due to its size and variety of holding water, followed by the new Motel water. Water clarity has been better than 6 feet on average.