Photos: Horatio Nailknot
Early this week the water continued to rise and color with a mini heat wave hitting the Dean river valley. By day three, at least 20 plus Steelhead had been hooked as well and 1/2 dozen Springs, with Jeff putting a couple of beauties on the beach with his 7 weight Steelhead outfit…Springs love Idyewilde tandem tubes too! A cooling of the weather mid-week allowed the river to drop and clear at least a foot over two days and conditions continued to be awesome.
During the latter half of the week, the water continued to drop and clear but fishing remained strong. New holding areas opened up with the declining water and we capitalized on them by promptly pulling new fish out of them.
The large Chinooks’ presence slowed off in the clearing flows, or at least takes from them, but some fresh Jack springs still moved up river with each tide. Jeff, Zach, Rob Elam and Rob Simms and of course ‘Doc Loc’, all wound up the week with the best ‘to the hand’ total of fish we have had in four seasons, not to mention the number of fish hooked…well over 50 Steelhead and numerous Chinook. Fish were climbing all over a variety of flies but mostly rabbit strip tubes, Fish Taco’s and Pink anythings…