Summer steelhead and Dry Flies
The fishing the last few days has been hit or miss, but very uncrowded. And I have started fishing dries earlier than usual this year. We have not gone a day fishing the dry without at least having one come taste it, and I am becoming more and more convinced that most of the time hatchery summer steelhead would rather eat a dry fly than anything else. I was thinking this might be a deadly secret I should keep to myself, but then I realized that no one believes me how well dries work when I am telling them to their face So no worries about an internet post.
My old favorite was the grease Liner, but now I am often leaning towards foam flies and…well, I don’t want to say to much. Anyway, fill a box full of good skaters, small ones for shallow water, big ones for deep water, run at least 15 feet of leader, and give them a whirl. You will almost certainly be surprised if you give it much of a chance.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the Hoh summer king issue. We have gotten an excellent response from fish and wild life. We want to speak a bit to the park and the Hoh tribe before we continue, but this is an on going issue and from what I hear it is definitely moving in the right direction.
The emails really helped, they created a catalyst for an important discussion, so pat yourself on the back a bit for that.
Lets keep being the determined and vocal minority on these issues. Its slow going but it always works.
I have a quiet week this week, I will be staying home with Maddie while Lauren goes for her swift water rescue re-training, so no fishing until Friday.
I would like to believe that I will get a bunch of chores done and flies tied, but I know that is a bit of a pipe dream. Believe it or not a little kid can keep you real busy.
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