These days, I have a hard time fishing the spring in general. I never fish to paired up steelhead.
1. For that reason; the fish have spawning to do and I want to see more baby steelhead.
2. but also because of the increased crowds.
3, And the overall behavior of those crowds vs. other steelhead anglers I meet the rest of the year is abyssymal.
Unless I get a freshly arrived hard body fish, as years go on... I am starting to feel a little 'dirty' fishing in the spring. Now, Im Not going full-on PETA or anything, I just really feel its a bit of a sucker-punch and I like to keep my angling at a higher level. That isn't high level angling to me. Personal choice.
****As a kid, I remember fishing to this bass that was gaurding the nest. It was easy. 1 ft of clear water about 10 feet in front of me. He was planted right there for the taking. I was smart enough to know there were eggs underneath. Within seconds of me hooking and fighting him, I watched all these bluegills come out from the weeds and begin gorging on eggs. The bass was released, and I watched him have to expend another barrel of energy to ward off the egg eaters. It was then that it kinda clicked for me.
What I lack in skill --- I make up for with enthusiasm.