Every once in a while you have the opportunity to fish on a day where everything goes right. The fish are cooperating....the fish are fresh.....the client is working hard.....just one of those special days.
Well, today was one of those days and Roger was the client. He was an easy to get along with fellow and very teachable....although we had a few good laugh when he would inadvertently set the hook the wrong direction. But truth be told, any mistakes very greatly overshadowed by the number of hook-ups and fish landed throughout our time on the water.
A lot of the fish were fresh and full of fire. One super fresh buck came out of the water over and over as it ran back and forth in the long sweeping hole we were fishing. Below you can see how Roger spent most of his day on the water with me.
CAN YOU SAY FISH ON?
It didn't take long before Roger had the skunk off. That meant chrome in the hands and a platinum kind of smile on the faces....mine included. This fish was a fun one!
A BEAUTIFULLY FRESH BUCK...NOT
BIG, BUT FULL OF FIGHT
Not long after a fresh piece of chrome, Roger was back to fish again. All I can say is that for a first time steelheader and a novice fly fisher, Roger did a fine job with getting good drifts. His casting was superior for his time fishing on the fly and mending got the job done perfectly. When you do that, and fish are present, hold on.....
ROGER POSES WITH A THICK FISH
A NICE KYPE ALWAYS BRINGS A SMILE
CHEEKS OF RED ARE THE BEST FALL COLORS
As Roger kept at it throughout the day, fish continued to come to hand and we were grateful for that. I absolutely love days like this and look forward to another one very soon! Here are a couple more shots of fish caught during the day.
The fish liked pink today and passed up most other offerings. I didn't care....I had enough pink to last a week. Congrats to Roger on a stellar day of fishing for steelhead on the fly. One thing is for sure Roger, you rank in the top of your field for first timers. Keep it up and you will do very well for yourself!
Until next time,
Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Steelhead Alley Outfitters