Heads or tails

November 13, 2013

Fall. It’s been a beautiful Indian Summer with the exception of one “perfect storm” which I’m sure I’ll talk about for years to come. While the fall season was great…it was almost perfect.

Hard to beat the North in the fall.

Hard to beat the North in the fall, September

Before the storm the fishing was good to exceptional, everything was coming together. The storm was something else, something beyond normal. As September rolled over to October, tributaries that were a mere trickle, swelled to raging muddy torrents. Anadromous fish always follow the water when they can, leaving the main rivers to their spawning grounds. We lost a lot of fish to the tributaries. Fish moved back in but, the fishing could’ve been, well, perfect.

Heavy lifting.

Heavy lifting

Joe Minton with a 35" brute

Joe Minton with a 35″ brute

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Heart warming steelhead, Kerryann hanging on

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First steelhead are hard to beat, catching your first steelhead on the North, even tougher. Kerryann Minton with a beautiful hen to hand

While it could’ve been perfect, it was still pretty damn good. 

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Charlotte’s web

Sunrise.

Sunrise

The last North fish we got to the dry, showing October colors.

On top

A beautiful tributary, un-touched.

Where the wild ones grow

Flies are important.

Fly box

Muddler love.

Muddler

Not sure if it was just me but, the colors of the changing leaves seemed more vivid this year.

Chinese dragons.

Like Chinese Dragons

So, you want to be a guide?

So, you want to be a guide?

Treat yo' self

Treat yo’ self

Tail

Tails

Torque

Heads

The Beav

The Beav

While cute, this beav was not a welcome site. We had just risen a fish and were in the process of the routine and this giant beav swam through the pool. He was as pissed off as I was, invading his home pool, I understood as he got on his hind legs and made disturbing gestures and hard stares our way. We fruitlessly made casts at our fish, hope was lost for my client but I’ve had this happen before, right-fish-right time-doesn’t-matter. Then he made a swim back across the pool towards us, slapping his tail with a loud “BOOM” time after time, needless to say hope was now lost on me.

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While our steelhead was put down, we hooked our first beaver. A bit of unwanted revenge, the look on his face says it all…sorry beav. (line was broken immediately)

No beav in sight, Hitoshi Matsuda from Japan finally gets it right and brings a bright Trinity hen to hand.

No beav in sight, Hitoshi Matsuda from Japan finally gets it right and brings a bright hen to hand.

Beth Brunswick of the "fly-girls" with a bread & butter fish fro the Trinity.

The “fly-girls” first trip down south was a good one, Beth Brunswick with a nice one.

Right hand wind, no problem. Andy Marx just cranking' one in.

Right hand wind, no problem. Andy Marx just crankin’ one in.

Bright, late Umpqua fish

October bright on the North

Jungle to alpine

Jungle to alpine

Bruce Moore, killed the bobber and gave the fish a chance to show him what they could do. They did a lot for Bruce.

Bruce Moore, killed the bobber and gave the fish a chance to show him what they could do. They did a lot for Bruce.

A familiar gallery

A familiar gallery

Eric White with another nice one, this was one of the hardest fights I've seen this year.

Eric White with another nice one, this was one of the hardest fights I’ve seen this year.

Hard to beat October too

Hard to beat October too

Every one is a little different

Every one is a little different

Down the side of a mountain and back again, Rick Davis with the reward. A perfect wild hen.

Over the hill and through the woods and back again, Rick Davis with the reward. A perfect wild hen.

Every year is different and this was no exception, I saw some of the best steelheading I’ve ever seen and some of the toughest when it shouldn’t have been. Getting humbled is a good thing now and again, makes one appreciate it even more when you have one of those days when you can do no wrong. None the less, these fish never cease to amaze.

This is a smattering of clips that I took throughout the summer, nothing fancy.

Thank you to all of those who came fishing with me this fall. Had a great time with all of you, except for the ones I didn’t(you know who you are). Looking forward to this winter and seeing many of you again. Until then…

Rich

4 Responses to “Heads or tails”

  1. Chris Marto said

    Absolutely breathtaking photos Rich!

  2. Jed said

    Awesome blog post, rich….really enjoyed it!

  3. Jack Knox said

    Great views of the North U. Hope to see you around town this winter.

  4. Andy Marx said

    Rich that pic of me was almost as fun as the day we had on the Trinity. Loved that brownie Sage with the backwards Hardy!

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