Tag Archives: Steelhead

Whoa!!

Been busier than a one armed paper hanger tying flies..  Got a little steelheading in a couple of weeks ago, got down to the Big D and it looked like chocolate milk!  Fished anyway, and even managed to hook one…  Go figure hu!  Well last night I finished the flies for the Umpqua submission, they’r on the way to Colorado as I write..  Did some elk hunting last weekend, please note I said “hunting” not “killing”, as like most years in the past, I did not fill my tag.  Headed back down to the D for some more steehead action this weekend, hope to have a good report..  In the mean time, stay cool!

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100 Huds Worm Hooked Minnows!

Enjoy!

Hud

Back from AK!

We made it back, barely,  from a fabulous trip to SE Alaska with my good friend Travis Peterson.  Travis owns and operates the Adventurous at Alaska Charter.  To say I’m envious would be a huge understatement!  We had a great time and a even better weather, bluebird skies and mild temps.  I think my wife must think I’m crazy when I talk about the “real” weather in SE AK!  We joined our friends from Bend the Jorgensen’s along with Travis and his wife Jen, also aboard was Todd, one of Travis’s great steelhead guides as well as Jet Boat operator..  As this was not a “chartered” trip we were all able to fish and have fun moving the Adventurous from Sitka to Petersburg for the Steelhead season.

While the logistics of how this trip happened are rare, most seasons the charter trips have already started by this time, I hope to be able to do it again, it truly is an unbelievable trip of a lifetime..

Sunrise on Frederick Sound

Sunrise on Frederick Sound

Steelhead on Petersburg Creek

Steelhead on Petersburg Creek

Sea Run Power!

Sea Run Power!

Dogs like Steelhead Too!!

Dogs like Steelhead Too!!

Moose!

Moose!

Chrome!

Chrome!

Skinny Water!

Skinny Water!

Stuck Sled on SE  Alaska Stream

We almost made it!

Baranof Island

Baranof Island

 

Enjoy!

Hud

The Last Hura!

Pete and I fished the Deschutes last Saturday.  This will be my last trip of the season due to an upcoming shoulder surgery.  We did not catch any fish, other than a few overly aggressive White Fish, but we had fun, and that’s the best part, just being on the river was worth the trip!!

Get’in it done!

Ready to Rock!

 

Enjoy!

Hud

 

John Day Steel!

Scott and I hit the John Day River for a couple of hours last Saturday.  On Scott’s second cast , wham! fish on!!  we fished for another few hours and had another take on the swing, but no hookups..  The river was in great shape, 550cfs and 4-5 feet of visibility at 46 deg.  The fish seemed to be stacked at the upper edge of the frog water just as the water deepens and the current starts to slow way down..

The weather was perfect, and the day turned out great!!

From the waters edge

From the waters edge

 

John Day Gold!!

John Day Gold!!

Enjoy!

Hud

Z-Axis Trial Run!

Well, I finally broke down and purchased the 7136 Z-Axis..  This is the rod most all others are compared too..  I mean even guys that get to fish more than 100 days a year say, “Ya, that Winston casts kind like the Z-Axis only…”, or “that Burky is the nicest rod I’ve ever cast, it’s like the Z-Axis only….” ect, ect ect..  Rumor is the Z-Axis will be discontinued this summer, and the One rod is going to replace it, so I figured that I had better get down and get one, before they all disappear, kind of like my old graphite III 6126…

So, Scott and I decided to hit the Hood River as it’s one of the last places left to search for some winter chrome..  The last time we wanted to fish the Hood it went from a moderate 1300 cfs to 9000 cfs the day before we planned on going..  Last weekend we had the opposite, although the flows were good at 1290 cfs, they water clarity was impeccable, at leat 10 feet….  

Couple that with bluebird skies and a late start, and the odds of catching the winter ghost is slim to none, well really none…  It turned out to be casting practice.

It's hard to get off this trail!!

We did get some exploring in, and found a nice swinging run farther up river, but the hood is a tough river to access and fish, I will have to go back and try it out next year..  Now it’s back to the Skeeter and fly casting from the deck of a boat – stay tuned…

 

Hud.

Oh yea, what did I think of the new rod??  Well – IT’S  AWESOME!!!  Should have bought one a long time ago..