Saturday, October 16, 2010

Steelhead Paradise

I just finished the book, Steelhead Paradise by John Fennelly.  Fantastic read.  Jens Laipenieks loaned me the book before we drove down.  Each night, I read a little bit and dreamt of catching big steelhead using dry flies.  Okay, maybe not every night.

Anyway, we finally went steelhead fishing at Mecca Flats near Madras.  Reid from Fin & Fire Fly Shop is an excellent source for fishing, flies and more, and he encouraged us to fish there today.  Gorgeous drive through canyons and farming community.

The lower river was swift, deep and had an even flow.  Not too many riffles to fish and no Tom Sawyers either.  Steelhead and trout?  On vacation I guess because we didn't hook into any.  Here are a couple of pics from the day:

That's right... fishing mid-October in a t-shirt!

Looking up from the Deschutes River

Two amazing spey casters.

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