Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekly fish report from no cows camp...

Dad got a salmon on his guided boat trip that I got him as a birthday present!  He came back tired but pumped. He said the guide hooked it and he reeled it in, so it was a joint venture. After giving most of it away to friends and neighbors, D took some to smoke for us, which turned out very tasty.

where we put in

C is back in town so he, Dad, and I hit the river again last week in ol ugly... (with the 7th or 8th rigging change).  We put in below where Dad and the guide fished.  Dad didn't want to fish where he and the guide fished as there were 16 boats fishing that hole, and about 50 guys standing in the riffle fishing.  Too crowded and dangerous for our crew.  It was a little tamer where we put in, partly due to a late start.

fishermen on a riffle above us

  Only four or five boats fishing in the area we were fishing. Lots of salmon jumping around us, several caught in boats next to us, damn.
I was beginning to think I was the bad luck charm in this outfit, and mentioned that to C. He said, with a laugh... "No, I don't think so, you haven't been able to go every time" and looked pointedly at Dad.  We all broke up laughing. 
Lots of weeds in the water, as the river is low and warm, which means the guys are reeling in all the time to take weeds off the lines and lures, and the jet intake gets plugged.  C showed me how to pull up the engine and knock off the weeds without going to shore and walking around in the water,  which saves a lot of time.  I'm just barely able to get the engine up, need to work on that upper body strength.
New part of the river for me so spent most of my time while the guys were fishing watching the guide boats and where they crossed gravel bars and drifted holes and what rigging they were using. 
Still no fish, but we are going again next week... which is fine by me cause I like being on the water.  C says we're bound to get one sooner or later cause if nothing else one might jump in the boat.
Been doing a few cosmetic things to The boat in hopes of changing our karma...


  1. Persistence is the key to fishing...that and there is also a cathartic element to it. I'm glad that you're able to help your father do something that he loves.

  2. I thought that half the fun in fishing, was talking about the one that got away! ;)

    Glad you had fun.

  3. How big of a salmon did your dad catch?

  4. Such fun to just get out and away on the water! Fishing is just a second part of the fun(-: You guys will get lucky next trip!(-:
    That is my psychic prediction!

  5. That is why they call it fishing instead of catching.

  6. LL: You can call it persistence, I think it's just plain ol stubbornness, which runs deep in this family... It was 20+lb, just right for eating.

    CINDEE: I hope your prediction is correct!!!

    TABOR: If you aren't catching around here, you aren't fishing...