The thunder and lightening have rumbled east as buzzing chainsaws remove the trees blown over by this last passing weather system. Our rivers felt the effect, but they too are returning to normal and all is right in the Steelheader’s world. Fish were found both before and after this blustery event, with conditions looking most excellent for the foreseeable future.
Last year at this time we had Snowpocalypse 2014 throwing a blanket of white over us, postponing the Fly Fishing Film Tour and raising havoc on our streets. Then the meltdown blew out the rivers, leaving us with torrents of muddy water and cabin fever. While the timing was bad for the Tour, it was much worse for my long-time friend and fishing partner, Stefan Trischer. Stefan had flown from his home in Germany to attend a business conference in Vegas, but added a few days here at Woodsprite Lodge so we could catch up and chase Steelhead. On the plus side, Stefan got to attend the rescheduled F3T show, but we fished some ugly conditions during his visit.
You pay your money and take your chances when it comes to fly fishing travel and those of us that venture away from home know that to be true. You make the best of it, hoping that the odds will be in your favor next time. Well, Stefan has drawn a winning hand this week as he arrives this evening for another visit, right when conditions are near perfect.
Communications from the coast report dropping rivers and bright wild fish. Smaller waters came back into shape on Monday, even as falling rain tested GoreTex jackets to the limit. Most north coast streams are now fishable and producing.
The same story rolls in from the Sandy, where the storm’s knock out punch was just a slap and the river took it on the chin, recovering very quickly. Even a few of those anglers testing the rising river over the weekend were rewarded for their efforts. Again, big wild fish have been the story. The river is currently at 4140 cfs and dropping.
The Clackamas is the slowest to return to normal, as has been the case all winter. More low level drainage and less low level snow may be the reason, but I’ll have to confer with the experts on that. In any case, the Clack is at 13.71 this morning, but should slide below 13 by Friday afternoon. Fish have been found throughout the river.
I’m not even going to chat about Trout fishing this week as Stefan and I embark on a Steelheading marathon. We’ll be sampling the Sandy, north coast and Clackamas with Brian, Marty, Gil and Rob over the next five days, taking a break on Saturday to hang out in the shop. Stop by to meet Stefan and have a piece of cake. I’m sure it’s somebody’s birthday.