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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-06-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Cowlitz Steelhead

Two weeks ago a buddy and I fished 4 days on the Cowlitz with guide Steve Buckner, who we had fished with a couple years ago on the Alagnak in AK. The river was in great shape and the weather was dry if cool, and little wind. On the first day we each caught one buck of about 10 lbs. I was rigged with a CND North Fork 13' 3" and a Saracione 3 3/4 reel with a RIO AFS 7/8 line, a 20' hand--tied Maxima ultra green leader tapered to 8 lbs. and a Alley's Shrimp Atlantic Salmon fly pattern. I think my buddy caught his with a black General Practitioner tied by Steve. The next 3 days we saw lots of steelhead rolling, but did not hook up again. We did, however, have a ball with double didgit days of searun Cutts up to 20". Besides being a great guy and competent fishing guide, Steve is a certified spey casting instructor and really helped me get to the next level with my casting. I've fished lots of places and never had better on-stream lunches--outstanding! I highly recommend fishing the Cowlitz with Steve Buckner. Bill Taylor
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Steve is a great guide and an all around nice guy. My wife and I spent last Saturday with him chasing cutts and had a blast! You're so right about Steve.
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