Thursday, April 30, 2009

End of Another Season

Steelhead season is now over on the Salmon. Now our fish can finish their migration and get their business done. That means it's time for the C and C, not as in the Music Factory, but the Climb and Carp.

A few photos from a couple of days ago:

Monday, April 27, 2009

Shooting S@#$

Another day unemployed, another day doing dumb stuff. Heather went on her inaugural shooting expedition and did awesome--she was also very good. Nothing's more fun than blowing stuff up, except for getting ticks in the desert.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Trout, Carp, Steelhead, oh my!

Back from Texas and hitting the water hard.

Tuesday: Little Wood; didn't see any trout, caught some dace on a dry fly (I guess it's one more species I've now caught), beautiful spring weather

Wednesday: Snake; Carp-a-palooza, below is a double hook-up with Paddy and Carl, 82 degrees (sweat, sweat)

Thursday: Salmon; river at 2350 cfs because of 82 degree weather, below are some insane rapids

Friday: Salmon; river down a little; spey pools are white water but went after it anyways

Saturday: Ketchum on the Fly; work :(

Friday, April 17, 2009

Getting Crafty

Back from the warm weather and getting crafty. What's cooler than a trout tote--a trout tote that looks like a whitefish.

Back to Stanley for some more steelies.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Steelhead Mafia!

God, finally!

It was about time for the Steelhead Mafia to descend upon the Salmon River. Ten fish in two hours-not too shabby. Mine were wild bucks, Paddy had wild and hatchery bucks.

It's hard being a trout, no, steelhead bum.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Last Day of the Season

Yesterday was the last day of trout season. I cried a little, but only because the fishing was so good. There were midges hatching like tricos--it was absolutely amazing watching so many fish rise for such little bugs. I caught some nice fish and this one wasn't the largest, but the prettiest. Not a great self phtographer.

This afternoon I made myself the ultimate steelheading hat. I like to wear a cap under my stocking cap and like to keep my ears covered. This hat is huge to go over my cap and has long tags to cover my ears and tie under my chin. I based it on a basic Patagonia hat that I lost and added from there. I look totally dumb in it, as Paddy confirmed, but I'll be a little happier on the river. I also added the awesome tribal-like salmon.

The Steelhead Mafia's heading to Stanley manana.