Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: British Columbia, Canada fishing the West Kootenays mighty Columbia, Dean, and the Clearwater
Have to agree with you on that one Dana. I have had the privilege of fishing the Dean on two occasions many years ago. And to hook up on 1-3 fish a day was a wonderful fishing experience.
I recall running into a group of anglers as they came through. They were from a fly club ( unnamed) they claim to have had twenty fish and more a day.....honestly there isn't enough daylight to land 20 or more Dean river fish in a day. I decided to watch a couple of them fish through a prime run and discovered that any tug, a splash near their fly, or a hang up on one of the many stumps in that run, they called a fish. So they were simply into numbers, and steelheading is NOT a game of numbers.
It is the whole package...good friends, pristine wilderness, tying flies in the late afternoon heat, sipping single malt, puffing a fine cigar, the journey there and knowing you are fishing over perhaps one of the true natural wonders left in steelhead paradise.....wild fish willing to pounce on a well presented fly.
My memories of the Dean are some of the fondest in my life....I can still hear, smell and feel her currents pulling at my waders, and feel the power of a wide tail fin in my hand throbbing to get back into the current......
Steelhead paradise.....no matter how you slice it
Daiichi hooks Prostaff