Going Coastal

January 14, 2013

Confidence

Confidence

The happy, warm, fuzzy days of summer are gone, as are the free rising steelhead. It’s time to get dirty, creepy and anti-social. Lying to friends and family about your whereabouts, listening to Tool, wading nips deep on your tip-toes to reach that pocket above a class 4 you just know there’s one in, mobbing down a cliff on the off chance there may be one living in that tail-out, T-20, XL lead eyes, 6 inch long flies. Yup, the good stuff.

The hard won reward, a wild, ocean bright hen.

The hard won reward, a wild, ocean bright hen.

Winter fish don’t come easy, you’ve got to be dedicated and willing to put in the time. Getting the skunk is inevitable, it’s gonna happen, don’t let that stop you. With the coastal rivers constantly in flux, time on the water is the key to winter success, learning where the fish hold at different flows is crucial. Winter waters hold their secrets tightly and so should you.

Podcast

Podcast

Dancing pines and the light that shines.

Dancing pines and the light that shines.

Wading and fishing a wild coastal river is as good as it gets for me. The beauty of both the rivers and fish that return to them are unbeatable. These are special places.

Another wild hen, just a beauty. Many jumps and a take like she took it running down stream.

Just a beauty. Many jumps and a take like she took it running down stream. Which upon landing her, saw that she actually did.

Eating good is another key.

How many times have you bought this beer while fishing for them?

How many times have you bought this beer while fishing for them?

Wild tail, the best kind.

Wild tail, the best kind.

One the handsomest bucks I've seen in a while. Love the lack of spotting.

One of the handsomest bucks I’ve seen in a while. Love the lack of spotting, maybe the        hen-fish will too.

Not too many off these around right now.

Not too many of these around right now.

One of the best lines I’ve heard from a gear guy in a long time, it’s a long story and I don’t feel like finger punching the whole thing, ” I saw you was a fly guy and I thought, man, are we gonna have to kick sum’s ass right now?” He also spouted off this gem, ” Not all the steelheads in this river are ocean run, there sum that are indiggness or sumpin, natives I dunno…” Just know he was a good dude and one you’d want on your side.

Another beautiful hen, I've seen more hens this year than bucks, I ain't complaining.

Another beautiful, jumping and running wild hen, I’ve seen more hens this year than bucks, I ain’t complaining.

Twilight, breaking evening.

Twilight sky.

Who's been a good boy? You know he has.

Who’s been a good boy? You know he has.

Letting go...

Letting go…

Go fishing with high hopes and no expectations…

Be good,

Rich & Bo

www.steelheadwater.com

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5 Responses to “Going Coastal”

  1. Good stuff. Sweet pics. Thanks.

  2. Dave Conca said

    Game on

  3. Mike said

    This makes me love the east coast and steelhead fishing in the GL’s with 33 deg h2o. good stuff

  4. bj said

    THe posts just get better with time! You can tell a real fish bum when you see one. This is the best steelhead blog on the web. Keep it up.

  5. bj said

    hey you should post on facebook when you have a new post. people in portland are complaining that they havent been getting the updates

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