Greetings OFFB readers! This previous weekend, Bryson, Alex Worth and myself made the slog increase to the Tillamook location to see if we might discover ourselves a strange anadromous rainbow trout that apparently occupy our rivers in the cold weather.
I had actually simply acquired Redington’s brand-new Claymore two-handed rod in the 11’ 6” 8 weight flavor, paired with aHardy Marquis Salmon 2 It is a lovely looking setup and I was looking at the attire all week sensation quite positive in our future ventures. The 3 people satisfied up in the early morning at Steiner Boat Ramp on the lower Trask and made our method approximately the treacherous Cedar Creek boat slide. As you can inform, the river was on the high and off color side of things however we chose to go all out anyhow.
There were several equipment boats ahead of and behind us, however that should not be excessive of a deterrent early in the season, particularly fishing greater than perfect water. As we were working our method down river, Bry and Alex were fishing a bead setup with extremely little love on the other end. A couple of 8-12″ fierce were captured throughout the day, however we didn’t wind up experiencing any of their larger chrome cousins. At a specific point, the river broadened out and didn’t feel extremely “fishy” or “steelheady”, so we chose to lower as Bryson needed to make the 3 hour drive back to Eugene that night.
When we got to the secure (mud pit), there was another boat securing in front of us that let us understand they captured a couple of fish bobber doggin with beads and yarnies, so it’s great to understand they’re not yet totally extinct.
The next day, Alex and I took our sweet time getting up and chose to simply wade around on another seaside stream. Once again, there were several folks out and our potential customers didn’t appear too appealing. However, we provided it a respectable go, however just had a couple of more little cutties to reveal for it. Such is the life of a winter season “steelheader” I expect.
I should state, Redington has actually knocked it out of the park with this brand-newClaymore rod In the cost point, I believe you ‘d be quite difficult pushed to discover a much better carrying out, and looking, rod. My Skagit casting was extremely rusty after generally 9 months of no practice, however I can inform with the correct head, pointer, and fly setup, this rod will get it done. I was fishing anAirflo F.I.S.T in 540 with a T-14 tip and quite heavy fly for the majority of the day, however had a hard time a bit with turning over stated big fly. I had a conference with Jeremiah Houle (SA, Orvis, Aqua Flies representative) today and he let me check out SA’s new Skagit head in a 510 that I will be checking this weekend. I believe a somewhat lighter head will aid with choice up and turnover as my previous setup felt simply a bit too cumbersome and quick sinking. Anyhow, thanks all for reading and remain tuned for more winter season steelhead updates!