It’s funny to think that only 5 months ago, we were in peak dry fly season. Floating lines, light leaders, gink, bug spray, and headlamps were routine. Now, our boats are packed with entirely different gear. Swing setups, full speys, heavy streamer rods, indicator rigs, puff jackets, gloves, heavy socks, sherpa hats, whiskey, those powder shake hand warmers, etc etc…
Being in the Midwest, our fishing seasons are in constant flux. It seems like every month, a new “season” begins, and another ends. This is a blessing and a curse. For most, once the snow starts to fall, the fishing season ends. To others, it’s just another “season” beginning.
Lately, things have been quite good. Some days are slow, some are okay, and certain days have been epic. The trout fishing was unreal over the past 2 months. Streamer fishing has been consistent, with solid action most days. But, naturally, there were a few trips that left us puzzled.
Our main focus right now is the steelhead run. Remember the steelhead run in 2013? Remember how big they were that year? Well guess what, those fish had babies. And they are back. And they are huge. We have witnessed, (firsthand and online), several fish that can be truly classified as “monsters”. It’s very good to see, as it’s an indicator of the overall health of the fishery.
Not only are they XL this year, but there are plenty of them. However, this does not mean it’s easy. There have been outings that we grind all day for one or two hookups. There have also been days where we get into what I call, a “flow state,” when hookups simply happen over and over again. They are the days when you are simply “in the zone” for hours on end, and feel unstoppable with angling momentum. Pure bliss!
Things are great currently, and we couldn’t ask for much more. The weather has been a bit chilly, but at least there are fish around. It could be way worse.
Here’s a little vid Rob put together of a streamer float from this past weekend. Didn’t see a whole lot, other than one brown that was all of 24” that swiped at Robs fly twice, but missed both times.
Stop in the shops for up to date info, rigging questions, and any advice you might need. Our tying selection is primed for winter, with lots of new materials from Hareline. Our X-Mas stuff is rolling in almost daily, with lots of cool and fun things to check out. See you on the water!