Well, it finally happened....we got some rain and yes even a measurable amount of snow! It came down slow and easy with much intermittence between showers and gave us a subtle bump on the streams. We were a bit nervous heading to the river today as overnight we saw that the rivers had come up. However, upon arrival, we found the rivers to be in good shape...a little high, but in good shape.
We have been awaiting the push of water because we knew that with it would come hot fish. Isn't that what we all wait for when it's Steelhead season? So, with much anticipation our guides hit the water today (Greg Senyo, Patrick Robinson, Will Turek, John Clouser, and John Miller) with clients fully expecting that chrome would be found.
They weren't all chrome, but then again, a whole lot of them were!
BEN GETS THE DAY STARTED WITH FRESH FISH
THE ONLY DARK FISH OF THE DAY FOR BEN AND DAN
DAN WITH HIS FIRST STEELHEAD....NOT BIG, BUT HUGE...
IF YOU GET MY DRIFT
DAN CAUGHT ON QUICK AND HIS FISH GREW
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH A FRESH BUCK
Greg also got out today with clients and managed to help Tom get into some really nice fish! Coming in all the way from Wisconsin, he was rather excited about the greatness of the fishery. The day wasn't even done and he was talking about when he would make his next trip back.
TOM WITH A SUPER NICE BUCK
A HEALTHY HEN POSES WITH HER SUITOR
Will Turek had the pleasure to take our another Tom. Tom was interested in learning two hand tricks....spey....and swinging. And as I understand it, he was a quick learner. Today Tom got his personal best to date. Congrats Tom on a great day!!!
TOM'S SMILE WITH CHROME IN HAND IS UNDENIABLE
RELEASING THE BEAUTY FOR ANOTHER DAY
YET ANOTHER FISH BY THE TWO HAND DUO
POLISHED UNTIL IT SHINES
John Miller had clients in from the east coast that he fishes with on the Delaware out in eastern New York. As always, John did a great job and his clients were on fish....some were fresh, some were colored, but one thing is for sure.....they had a great time!
BOB WITH A STOCKY HEN
DON WITH A SILVER BULLET
BOB ONCE AGAIN WITH ANOTHER NICE FISH
John Clouser was our final team member on the water for the day and if he played a part today, it was clean-up. You know the kind.....the one who brings everyone home. That was John today and his guys were an integral part.
No doubt about it, we had a bit of a challenge getting Hal and Bill out fishing due to scheduling conflicts. However, when Hal hit the water it was like turning the dogs loose. John says he was on fish after fish after fish all morning.
Oh, and we don't want to forget about the guy who never gave up....that was Bill. He had his hook-ups, he had his break-offs, but when the day was done, Bill had his fish.
BILL POSES WITH HIS FRIEND HAL AFTER NAILING HIS FIRST FISH
ONE OF HAL'S MANY NICE FISH FOR THE DAY.....ALMOST
BLINDING IT'S SO FRESH
HAL WITH A COLORED UP BUCK
ANOTHER NICE HEN
SOLID CHROME AND A NICE ONE AT THAT
HAL WAS THE HOT HAND FOR THE DAY
Well, one thing is for sure....it was a cold day full of hot fish!!! To all of our clients, thanks for fishing hard! You are what makes our trips rewarding. And to our guide team....you guys are awesome and we are looking forward to the rest of the season on the Alley with you!
We are out in force the rest of the week, so we will see what kind of trophies await us and our clients. If you are interested in a trip, we are very limited at this point, so call soon if you want to get in on some spring steelhead.
Until next time, tight lines!
Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Steelhead Alley Outfitters