My wife Wendi decided that she'd float with me in my drift boat for the first time yesterday afternoon. We did a short local stretch for a quick afternoon/evening float. Wendi brought her phone, some paperwork, and some sale ads and was good to go.
I hit a few spots in the nice shade on river left as evening
approached. I fished a favorite run with anticipation, but the glare made
it tough and I regretted stopping there because of having to bang into
rocks in that shallow stuff which jolted Wendi around and
made her back hurt - note to self, next time pass that spot up.
Hit another favored run with high hopes, nothing.
figured to close out the evening at a nice classic run near the take out. I came in a bit lower
in the run to avoid banging the boat around on the rocks near shore.
Wendi was on her phone with an insurance guy getting car insurance
quotes while I walked above the boat, figuring to allow myself space to
extend my line enough so that by the time my fly would get even with the
boat, I had a good working length of line out. I had my Ambush head and a strip or two of running line out the tip. On about my second cast,
my fly was even with the boat and I was looking down at my reel to look
at a bit of loose running line I had after the cast. Just then, I heard a
good splash at the fly and saw the rise in the periphery of my vision,
and fish on! I managed to keep my loose line from tangling and the
off. After a few back and forth runs I had the
fish just about banked on the gravel bar and it somehow caught some
traction and took off across the run again. I got the steelie back in and
it started heading for my anchor rope so I put some pressure on to keep
it from tangling. I got it cleared of the anchor rope then had it coming back
to shore and the hook pulled out, Dang it!! Ah well, again, can't bonk
em all, got a good fight out of him/her. Looked like a typical 8-9lb
steelhead, fairly bright with a hint of pink.
The Green Butt LW strikes again, plus Wendi saw the
whole thing from the rise to the end of the battle, she was quite
entertained. She was going to video me with the fish on, but she was
still on the phone and her battery was running low. Also, I was using
my brand new Cabela's TL R 11' 6wt switch rod that was on sale my local Cabela's and it was a deal that I couldn't pass up. Maybe my new
toy has some mojo. Didn't know $80 could buy me so much fun. My 3 7/8 Perfect and 9wt Ambush were an ideal match on this little rod.
So I had a great day with my three B's - my Bronco, my Boat, and my