Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

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Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by Average Joe » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:11 am

Last Tuesday night at 6:45 I received the following PM from LTFI.

“My friend (the rookie) and I will be heading north friday night until tuesday night. You free to fish? float? drink at camp? all of the above?”

Fifteen minutes later I got back to him.

“Fuck yeah.”

Phone numbers were exchanged and some loose plans were hashed out, and on Friday night I parked under a freeway overpass and shook hands with two guys I’d never met before.

“Are you Average Joe?”

“Yep. Are you LTFI?”

“Yep. And this is the rookie.”

“Nice to meet you.”

“OK then. Let’s go.”

LTFI and the rookie each had their own vehicle, so the three of us formed a caravan and headed north.

By the time we pulled into camp it was nearly dark, and after we unloaded the trucks and organized the gear I put together a quick dinner.
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The next morning I was able to get a better look at our surroundings.
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After some coffee and breakfast burritos, we dropped off the boats and ran the shuttle.
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Rods were rigged…
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… and knowledge was shared.
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Once everyone was stretched and warm, we launched the boats and were on our way.
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Whenever someone mentions steelhead fishing, my immediate thoughts are, “Cold. Wet. Hands so numb you can’t even tie a proper knot.”

That would not be the case today.
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I hadn’t purchased a steelhead report card as required by law, so I didn’t fish. I did other shit instead.
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Spork life.
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LTFI brought a dishwasher...
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… and it’s possible he ate better than any of us.
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Once you’ve got a full belly on a warm winter’s day, nothing beats a nap.
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In the afternoon there was more fishing...
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… and more instruction...
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… but the fish remained uncooperative.

That night we ran the shuttle, headed back to camp, ate, drank, and burned wood.

The next day, and the day after that, we did it all again.

The fish remained elusive, and then my raft started to complain...
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… but the weather, scenery, and company remained remarkable.
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By Monday night I’d caught just as many steelhead as LTFI and the rookie.

Combined.

I’m confident that the bananas in the rookie’s boat had nothing to do with that.

Even so, I left them and headed home a day early, partly because I always take the Old Man out to lunch on Tuesdays (he can get a bit squirrely when his routine is interrupted), and partly because I felt something needed to be done to change their luck.

I had a glorious time, and hope I have another opportunity to float (and maybe fish) with these fine young men.

Cheers boys.
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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by SOBF » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:29 am

Looks like a few days of time well spent to me !!

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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by stillsteamin » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am

Really good. Are watermasters really that junky or was yours special?
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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by LA Fly Guy » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:19 am

Average Joe wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:11 am

By Monday night I’d caught just as many steelhead as LTFI and the rookie.

Combined.

Sound like you're doing it right then.


Thanks for that, Joe.
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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by Ginseng Sullivan » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:38 am

Right on.

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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by Jon » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:00 am

:cool

How is it Joe seems to have a better time not catching anything than most of us do when we somehow manage to blunder into a steelhead?
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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by 421sd » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:01 am

Most excellent example of how to catch nothing.

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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by Ruddy Duck » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:13 am

Running support crew style is likely healthier than being a tortured steelhead fisherman, which involves not catching but trying really hard.

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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by Average Joe » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:10 pm

stillsteamin wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am
Are watermasters really that junky or was yours special?
I know of three guys who have had similar problems with their rafts.

One problem they haven't had is with the oars shrinking/growing.
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Watermaster is usually pretty good about fixing these types of things, but shipping a raft to them can cost quite a bit of money. I'll reach out to them sometime this week and see what happens.

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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by The Wandering Blues » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:21 pm

Two alcohol pics and they’re both Budweiser? Joe, blink twice if you’re being held against your will...
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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by Glista » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:23 pm

stillsteamin wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am
Are watermasters really that junky or was yours special?

I think it was that alligator!

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Re: Winter (?) Steelhead Fishing

Post by B.M. Barrelcooker » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:42 pm

I quit.
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