Well it has been a very tough season. The early part was ok, some some fish caught, consistent with typical years then a couple of blow outs and nothing from Jan on. Even the worm dunkers struggled quite a bit. According to “Friends of the Eel River”, who does fish counts and surveys throughout the system, the fish all pushed through when the rivers were blown in Dec. How the fish know, I do not have a clue!
My season was even less eventful. To make a very long story short, I had open heart surgery in Feb, and put on light duty since December. Needless to say, I had a few days of fishing in the early season, did ok and grateful for the fish I caught and that was it. So in retrospect, I did not miss much, and thanks to Jason Hartwick who took my bookings, and to all those that wished me well before surgery and those that have wished me well since, I am forever greatful.
Having the surgery and all that has gone with it, has given me the time to reflect. That being said, I am going to hang up my California guiding shoes for now. I love to steelhead too much to book up my days of prime water and fishing. I am lucky enough to live within 30 minutes of the best water the country, I am going to take advantage of that again. I will be going back to Idaho in June to work for the best outfitter in the region though; www.TLAPC.com.
Stay tuned for the remainder of the year, I will post trout trips I will be taking and how we are doing in Idaho. Next will be the Owyhee in a couple of weeks, can’t wait!