The second week of our season was a week of rolling with change.
Photos: BC West Staff
Our guests arrived to low clear conditions and sunshine with fish trickling into the lower river under bright sun. They hooked a few chinook and landed a few steelhead while hoping for a little more water.
On the second day of their trip the rain came and continued to pour until the river came up two feet in 24 hours. This of course put the fishing activities on hold for a day until the water came back to fishable condition. Thankfully the Dean watershed is very healthy and it cleared fast.
After one day of bad conditions they were back on the water and there were fish waiting for them. Dana Sturn of speypages.com spent the next few days landing some great steelhead and repeatedly getting slapped around by large chinook. Dana plans a trip report on speypages entitled “Steelhead and Seamonsters”. Sounds like those Dean chinook left an impression on him. The only adult chinook of the week that was landed came to the hand of Evan Unti, a beautiful 25 pounder.
Back a camp there were repeated gatherings of Scotch lovers and many bottles available for tasting. Good river conditions or bad the guests had a wonderful time enjoying good company and great food. It was rather hard convincing them to get in the helicopter and head home – they all cannot wait to come back.