Well, it's hard to imagine another year has come and gone, but just a few more days and 2011 is a wrap! With the mild fall and early winter we are having, many rivers are fishing extremely well and providing some great opportunities for fish on a swung fly!
Before the calendar rolls another year on us, I wanted to share a few photos from my recent trips. Thanks to all of the SAO clients who came out and fished with us this year. Whether you are are old friends or new, it was a pleasure spending time with you all on the water this year.
Phil hit this fish early in the day...a fish always warms
the heart and soul on a cold day!
Friends Geoff and Jim share a last fish for their day.
Geoff holds a gorgeous chrome hen that graced his line.
Another nice fish...
Not a monster Brown Trout, but a Brown is a bonus!
Kyped up Brown Trout
Geri holds the first Steelhead of her fly fishing career.
I trust that this will be the first of many more to come!
Kevin hit this hot little hen that warmed a frigid day!
Bill got into some nice fish on this
day...many, many fresh from the mint.
Phil shares a Christmas season moment with his teenage sons.
Will puts a pretty buck in hand early in the day.
The Kreins share a father/son fish!
Phil holds the biggest fish of my fall guide season.
With the fish in the bag and a boga, it weighed right at 14lbs.
Definitely the shortest (@ 28") & stoutest fish I have ever netted.
Jim holds a respectable hen...
Rick holds a monster buck with hot cheeks! A very nice fish indeed!
Phil with another shot of his monster buck
from the fall season.
With the season coming to an end, it is often times the chance for the guides to make up for lost time with friends and family. This time of year, I love to grab the gun and go for birds of one kind or another. If I can't find a pheasant or grouse, then waterfowl will always do. This year, I have had the awesome opportunity to share this love with my best friend and my oldest son. Some great memories have been made and many more are yet to come!
Ben Barger and Crossland Robinson hold the days kill. It
looks like Gadwall and Mallard is for dinner.
I bagged this Gadwall hen and drake...and yes,
the flank feathers have been plucked and stored for later fly tying purposes.
My son basks in the glory of a couple Mallards, a Widgeon,
and a lone Ringneck that decided to come a bit to close.
Regardless of what you choose to do this time of year, make sure to find time to do it with family and close friends! Someone told me not long ago, that a man never lays on his death bed wishing he would have spent more time working...instead he wishes he would have spent more time with those he loved. I hope that you have done that this year. If not, the new year is just around the corner...make the most of it and hopefully you will have memories to cherish because of it.
Happy holidays and the all the best to everyone in the coming year from all of us here at Steelhead Alley Outfitters.
Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Steelhead Alley Outfitters