Well I have dropped the ball on keeping up with the blog but I am back on line now. I have a bit to say so I will take a few days to do it in.
As for the summer, it went great and would like to express my gratitude to The Lodge at Palisades Creek for hosting me again (www.TLAPC.com). In irwin Idaho, or the region there is not a more professional or accommodating lodge / outfitter. We had the busiest season to date this year due to receiving the Orvis Lodge of the Year Award for 2014, quite an accomplishment. Not only that it was a high water year (read plenty), thus the fishing was phenomenal. The river ran 13500CFS tip the beginning of August. June was an indicator game but once things came off in the beginning of July, they did in force.
Congrats to Dan Kowalski for the 23″ brown, had many browns and cutties at 20-22″ and the prize of the year went to Bobby Middleton (first time fly fisher) for the 25″ cutty. I had a couple of 70-100 fish days with some really hot sticks in the boat. The weather was very mild this year, though we did have quite a bit of rain in August, making for some great fishing once it cleared.
Now I am back in school, taken aback by how dry it is here in our rain forrest (redwoods), my lawn is dead, and it is more dry than I have seen since moving up here. There is much speculation about what this years steelhead season will be like (i.e. NONE), hard to say.
We were to have a El Nino season but now that is not happening. Everything from Reno east is getting plenty of rain, but we are not. There are some things flying about the internet that the Eel is dry in spots, as the Van Duzen is the same. Well it is partly true. The van Duzen is no longer flowing into the Eel, there is about 1000 yards of riverbed at the mouth, and the Eel does have dry riverbed at East Ferry. Yes, there is no water on top, but it is flowing underground according to a fisheries biologist I talked to.
Do not get me wrong, it is dire if we do not receive water in October but right now is too early to speculate. We usually do not get a good rain until late Oct most years. The water on the SF is crazy warm with an algae bloom like I have never seen, but the fish are hardy and we can hope for the best.
Next time I will post about the Trinity and Klamath