Early season steel heading on the fly, dirty water, high water, frozen guides and creek slush. There are little to fly guys on the tribs, where I fish. The centre pin guys get more fish in these conditions, (fresh roe) but for me it’s about the process, camaraderie and catching up with old friends. This year I was able to capture a friends first steelhead of the year on video, it was amazing. (earlier video First steelhead trip 2019)I was just as happy as he was, maybe more. It’s a great feeling. This video is a usual day for the fly guy, (it could just be me) may only get one shot a day in these tough conditions, but it is always fun chasing them dusting off the rust and trying new flies or techniques.
It’s a great time to be on the river, the birds, wildlife saw a coyote and the fish, even though I am there to try and catch one is a bonus. Fish come in waves, the days they eat the fly and only the fly is coming, so I grind out the days and wait for the sun to warm the creek up. Fresh run fish are hard to hook and land. I am glad to be standing in coffee with cream and enjoy the experiences, friend and laughs on the creek. I will take a steelhead with that! Won’t you?