Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Past Few Weeks...

Nice fish!
Even nicer fish!!!
     Well, things have been moving along nicely.  Fish have been showing themselves regularly and have even been willing to bite most of the time.  Early season is fun mainly because no one really knows how the fish runs will be.  Based on what I have experienced so far this year in the southern and middle parts of the state, I would rate the fishing as "expected".  There have been some slower days mixed in with some spectacular ones as well.  At the end of April some salmon spots were past prime and some where just turning on and off.  I had a client land a 23" salmon that we were able to sight fish together.  I had a new client land an 18" rainbow that was topped a few casts later by a 20"er out of the same pool.  I do enjoy guiding for the lake run fish, as these memorable trips make it worth while to deal with the occasional tough outing. 

     As we moved on to Pittsburg at the tail end of April and over the past couple of weeks, the search for "monsters" continued and was closely followed by the first few salmon.  Two weekends ago I put in a lot of hours and was rewarded with some monster bows.  I just returned from Pittsburg about an hour ago and can say that I had a lot of fun fishing with my dad this weekend instead of actually guiding.  Even though sometimes "guiding" my father can present its own set of interesting adventures.  The largest salmon we saw in Pittsburg this weekend was right about 18" or so and the average fish to net was 12-15 inches.  Not monsters, but for their size they fought harder than the 20 inch fish we have been catching in the central part of the state.  I am really excited for the start of the guiding season in Pittsburg and want to thank all of the clients who have already booked trips for the summer.  June is fully booked and the beginning of July is getting packed as well, but I do still have days available in mid-late July as well as August.  Please let me know if you are thinking about coming up north and would like to give Pittsburg fly fishing a try!
Torpedo Salmon

Football Bow...

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