The biggest heat wave the BC Coast had ever seen was behind us and the forest fires in Bella Coola were under control.
Photos: Paul Reid
Finally we could concentrate on fishing and fishing alone!
Scott Hagen and Jim McRoberts returned for another dance with the Dean and brought their friend Jay Deeds to experience a Dean River steelhead for the first time. It did not take long for them to find some fish and toast their success with a glass of scotch or two!
Peter Laskier had such a fun time in 2008 fishing with these guys that he chose to return in 09 for more. It is always great when anglers who do not know each other come together and get on so well. It is amazing how many friendships are formed in fishing camps. While Peter was visiting another lodge in a far flung end of the planet he had talked on and on about the Dean River and the steelhead that visit its waters to another angler with whom he was sharing a room. Well, Ray Estes had heard enough and figured he needed to check things out for himself.
It took Ray a day or two to find his stride then managed to land several steelhead thru the end of the week. He became a true believer in what Peter had been preaching and in 2010 he will be back to do it again. Wonder who Ray may meet up with somewhere and start going on and on about the Dean and its amazing steelhead?