Headed out west to explore a coastal river I have never been to. It’s amazing that there are so many little gems over in the Tilamook State Forest just waiting. This was the upper reaches of the river and from the reports it seems like a really solid place to hit up in about two weeks for some awesome wild steelhead action.
Hope everyone who went to the Fly Fishing Film tour had a second to stop by and sign a postcard to help save the Sandy river salmon. In the spirit of fly fishing movies you can go over to hulu and watch all of Once in a Blue Moon (thanks to DieFishe for the heads up on this one).
The text came in late Friday night “Going crazy. Have to fish. U in?” I have been feeling just as crazy lately so when I got an all clear from the wife I ran to find my phone and texted back yes. We hooked up in the morning both of us just excited to get away from the craziness of the previous week. Alex has been working like a dog and my current job is trying to get every possible hour out of me before my last day on Friday (I have a new job lined up, but no fishing days in between).
We explored the ever shifting Necanicum and found lots of pretty spots but no willing fish until this beautiful wild steelhead:
I was fishing with my 7wt 9 foot Sage Graphite IV and check out the bow the fish put on my rod:
Just for fun here is a video of the fish on (listen to my coach urging me along):
Join the Native Fish Society and help protect these WILD steelhead for out next generation like my daughter who, as you can see, loves playing in these coastal rivers as much as me.