A Nice Late November Skunking

On Sunday Alex and I headed over to the Wilson for a beautiful skunking. A gorgeous blanket of snow was everywhere but the sun peaked out occasionally during the time we were there (before it slipped back into clouds and rain). We saw several large Chinook on the higher reaches of the river and even threw a few flies over a pool holding six but nothing could entice them. We headed down river to see if there were any Steelhead around but the river was to large down below. We contemplated heading over to the North Fork Nehalem but went and found Alex a you cut tree place instead. The man who was selling the trees said the only rule is “the farther away and down the hill that you pick a tree, the farther you have to pull it to get it out”. Of course Alex picked the hill at the bottom of the hill and just about as far away as you could get. Here is the happy man trying to pick between two fine specimens:


“They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that’s not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit in the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they’re just not such a big deal anymore.” John Gierach

“The question is not whether successful fisherman believe in God, but, more to the point, vice versa.” Don Roberts

The best fishermen I know try not to make the same mistakes again: instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and try to remember what they learned from them.” John Gierach


“Angling is, or should be, essentially a philosophic and reflective engagement, rewarding the practitioner not only with trout, but with a gentler and more matured comprehension of life itself” Ben Hur Lampman

“I look into my fly box and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eights of an inch long.” Allison Moir

“If fishing is religion, fly fishing is high church” Tom Brokaw