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If you're on the N. Umpqua........

.....be sure to stop by the IdleYld Lodge.

Jessica Mathison and her main man Ron have put together a nice all-in-one stop! 4 or 5 nice rooms at reasonable rates, good substantial "home-cooked" meals, full bar, and magic tricks you won't believe. This dude is amazing! Soon they'll have their pool tables and gaming rooms running too!

Oh, the hot sauce this Marine puts together is wicked good! A good kick to it that enhances flavors, but not so hot you have to mop your brow.

Bob Meiser and I had all our meals there a couple days ago, and highly recommend stopping by for a visit.

http://idleyldlodge.com/

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.....be sure to stop by the IdleYld Lodge.

Jessica Mathison and her main man Ron have put together a nice all-in-one stop! 4 or 5 nice rooms at reasonable rates, good substantial "home-cooked" meals, full bar, and magic tricks you won't believe. This dude is amazing! Soon they'll have their pool tables and gaming rooms running too!

Oh, the hot sauce this Marine puts together is wicked good! A good kick to it that enhances flavors, but not so hot you have to mop your brow.

Bob Meiser and I had all our meals there a couple days ago, and highly recommend stopping by for a visit.

http://idleyldlodge.com/
but did you guys get any tugs?
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he makes some great salsa too! I was also incredibly impressed with their service!

and yeah, any fish?!?
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I picked up a 8 or 9 lb buck yesterday, but damn! that water was cooooold! If you weren't smacking them on the nose, they weren't budging! Didn't hear too many good fish stories from others we ran into, so I feel especially fortunate.

The warm, bright sunshine on that emerald green water was spectacular! Mr. Meiser's knowledge of the river is what did the trick! He graciously put me first, right in the bucket!!

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Man I need to get back down there, been over 10 years.

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Here's a shot of my guide, testing one of his latest generation 13'6" rods. What a line-shooter!


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You're getting that 'picture of the guy casting' thing down really good Bob. Happy to hear you got a fish, when I left there last fall the water was a bit high. I got one day at it with good water conditions but came up empty.

Nice photo

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Thanks Ard. Yeah, I'm not sure how it happens, but it does. Blind luck, I'm afraid. Ansel Adams types have nothing to fear from me!!!

Bob's line parallel to the water shows up nicely if you zoom in, and certainly showed up well in person against that black forest backdrop.

Hope you, Nancy, and Boss are doing well.

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Just took a look at the lodge and that looks realy good!

So far I fished for steelhead only in the Skeena Region in BC, but due to their Non-Resident-Alien regulations I don't like it anymore as I used to.
So I'm curious if it is hard to obtain licenses and are there any restrictions for non resident anglers?
Is a DIY trip do-able for somebody who fished the Kispiox, Bulkey, Morice and other Skeena tribs?
What time frame is okay?

This year is the 1st time in 25 years I skip BC and I'm looking for other possibilities to swing flies for steel.

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Hey Robert ...

Your first time on the NUmp: One Winter buck to the beach, an early release and a tug ... The NUmp is now truly in your heart and soul forever ...

... Had a great time my friend ... !!!

BTW ... Rain is coming, may have to give her one more try ... };^) ... !!!

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P.S. <> Ron's sweet/hot sauce is killer on Bulgogi

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North Umpqua gave me my first steelhead on a fly, ever, right in the camp water. Lower Mott pool in August. It's forever etched in my brain.

My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon at the Steamboat Inn and we visited several times afterwards. We haven't been back since raising our family. It is time!

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Hey Robert ...

Your first time on the NUmp: One Winter buck to the beach, an early release and a tug ... The NUmp is now truly in your heart and soul forever ...

... Had a great time my friend ... !!!

BTW ... Rain is coming, may have to give her one more try ... };^) ... !!!

Meiz

P.S. <> Ron's sweet/hot sauce is killer on Bulgogi
I could just sit at the North Umpqua's Rivers edge and be content. My first fly caught Steelhead was caught on that river. I was 13, and fishing a black peacock on the down and across just nailing trout, I mean one right after another, when all of a sudden something "a bit more" about jerked my kunnan and pfluger out of my hands. The battle ensued for longer than it should have but the beautiful hen finally came to bear...that is a day, fish, and run I will never forget. Its hard to believe that was over 30 year ago...man where does the time go.
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That wouldn't happen to be one of his 13' 6" 7wt Highlander S rods he was testing there? I've had my eye on that rod. Rob
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Yes ... It was the most recent generation S2H1367S-4 that was being field tested.

Interesting to look at this image as one can see a sine wave in the line very clearly on this delivery ...

... This caused by "tip bounce": The tip section does not stabilize quickly enough after the shot, and forces a dip in the line. This dip proceeds right down the length of the line in it's flight, and can prematurely dump the belly.

We later in the day switched out a different tip section with a bit more authority, and the line delivery became much more stable ... Straighter, tighter looped and ascending.

Fun stuff this, and always feel very fortunate to have a river like the NUmp so close for field testing the rods and swinging for Steel at the same time ... };^) ... !!!

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Glad to hear the bugs are worked out. Be placing an order soon. Been mulling over the 13' 6" or the 13'. I kinda like the idea of the extra length for picking up line with the heavier type flies. Not that I'm such a great caster that I could tell the difference but the comfort of knowing I have a little extra length there. Rob....P.S. Yes that is one beautiful quality control lab you have there
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