Spent the day yesterday on a cold, drizzly Deschutes--42 degrees in the morning, overcast and very light drizzle here and there throughout the day. Little or no wind. So, perfect conditions.
Went 0 for 3. In two cases, it was partly due to the fact that I was fishing in a notoriously bad place to land fish. A 100-yard-long run, but it starts 30 yards from the bank, with a boulder & rock garden in between for the length of the run. Without a 2nd person to lend a hand, it's nearly impossible--for me, at least--to land a fish except by coaxing it through the shallow sections of water to the bank. So, you've got a steelhead on in tough current, and then trying to stumble back towards the bank through two and a half feet of water and gd%# snot covered rocks. I've landed maybe 50% over the years, broken a rod, badly bruised both shins, and put a hole in a pair of waders. Oh, and the fish tend to be big in this run this time of year. The first one yesterday came within thirty yards of spooling me.
A blast nevertheless, and given the state of the run these days, if they were wild fish, I'm glad they got off early.
Two observations. Two of the three hookups came with little more than the leader out. Note to self: Assume fish are at your feet.
Second: the Winston 7133 is great with a 500 gn line, but with the Ballistic Vector 440 gn, it is the cat's meow.