A week at a good fishing lodge invariably makes as many memories off the water as on. And while every week of the season produces fishing stories those involved will never forget, from the perspective of staff and guides, the clients are what make it all worthwhile.
Contrary to what some may assume, being a client isn’t necessarily easy. Fishing trips are always golden in hindsight, but everyone knows that steelhead fishing isn’t a walk in the park. From a sore shoulder, to river blowouts, to lost fish, to having to spend so much time around insufferable guides, few vacations are so masochistic. Experienced guides all know this and have sympathy for the clients.
Legends exist in the industry about infamous clients who’ve been banned from lodges. However, the reality of cooperating to confront serious challenges o...
A key to identifying common members of the genus Dux (guide)
1 - The Head guide - Dux primis
Identification of Head guides is easy; they usually introduce themselves as such. Other tell-tale signs include 'Guide #1' stickers plastering their to-go cups, and a general air of godliness. Their angling skills are exceeded only by their charisma, and, if pressed, most clients would freely admit that while they enjoy catching fish, the main reason for their trip is simply to spend time in the presence of the Head guide. Their commanding scientific understanding of all things fishing-related and an infallible intuition on the water combine to form a seamless whole that invites supernatural explanation. Commonly delegates menial tasks (cooler cleaning, etc.) to Newbie guides because wasted talent is...
Some years are better than others in every way. Some years you just want to forget and 2017 has been a very challenging one in a lot of ways. When it rains it pours, and we had endless bad luck. From low fish returns, to constant flat tires, to broken boats we were always on the move.
Heres a comical montage of the beat down our team took. Thanfully our staff knows how to roll with the punches and we ended up laughing to keep from crying most of the time. That new years count down can't come soon enough. Heres to 2018!
When you head out to fly fish the ocean you are completely at the mercy of the weather. Since we live and die by the weather for steelhead we certainly understand our trip was going to be a roll of the dice.
Luckily for us the storms parted and we were able to hit a perfect weather window for tarpon fishing. We also lucked out by surprisingly catching a may long weekend worm hatch. Prepared for the worst we lucked out on all fronts. Here is a photo blog of some of the highlights of the last week.
To be a better steelhead fisherman you need to find an approach to fish the less than ideal pieces of water. Any novice can walk up to a run called “Gett’n Em 9000” and put on a show but elite anglers fish more water, better.
Soooo the frog water… steelhead typically don’t mind being around it but MAN steelheaders do. Some people just flat out refuse to fish near it and others just make their guide suffer through never-ending puzzled looks, spastic mending and embellished sighs. As much as it might seem like your guides time killing measure, the fact that you might think that has crossed his mind and yet you're still there. There's a reason.
The Water Beyond...
So a pretty decent percentage of the water we fish doesn’t swing bank to bank- I mean most of it really. So what do we do? We t...