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01-31-2011, 01:45 PM
Juro pulled into Hood River sometime past 1:AM on Saturday morning. We fished 1/2 a day down in a little fished canyon where water falls cascaded off the cliffs and in order to fish certain pools one has to walk under the water falls. The sun was bright and cast many shadows deep into the canyon, the water colors were clear and green mixed and unmixed depending when and where you looked. I turned two steel, one on a follow of a swing and the other a hard pull from dead down stream. Juro, learned the ropes of a new river, what seams to fish and where to watch his steps walking. Juro also learned that one must be part mountain goat to fish the Hood. Later we drank single malt, Juro is a great guest, thanks Juro. We ate well with a BBQ of my neighbors organic beef, garden veggies, frozen and canned and canned pears from our trees for dessert.
Next morning up two hours before light, fresh coffee and our duck eggs poached. On the river before light, brought Juro down river where there is more opps to use two handed rod and swing a fly. Brought him to three great runs each entirely different but all of them had perfect flow and stucture. The river has really changed from two weeks ago floods, so lots of relearning for me and all who fish the Hood. Also we now know that steelhead don't sit around anymore like they did when the dam was across the river. We touched no fish all day and had only two gear guys tell us they had hookups. Guess the river has to wait for new rain to bring more fish into the system. Earlier in the week lots of fish were caught but by Friday things had slowed down. Didn't matter we told outrages stories, laughed are asses off and Juro got some casting practice in. Last I saw of him he was off the the OP.

Hey! "What did the steelhead say when he hit the cement?"

Jim Miller
01-31-2011, 05:19 PM
sounds like fun gents............:D

02-01-2011, 05:23 AM
It's 3am and I am in Forks anticipating a day of perfect conditions on the OP and rumors of big gnarly native steelhead flying about town have me sleepless.

I wanted to wait and post a proper treatise for the experience I had with Steve and Tracy, and that would not be trivial as I can't remember a weekend that was as enlightening in so many ways and I didn't want to short-change it.

However to avoid further delay here are some pics I took of their paradise, and I will let each express 1,000 words of my gratitude.
OC cleverly uses his raingear on a bluebird day to get to a steelhead's lair
I think here Steve was telling me about how 15,000-13,000 years ago the great Missoula Lake flood deposited that soil and violently carved the gorges of the area. Steve and Tracy have a depth of knowledge and love for this area that only magnified my instant attraction for it when I drove into town.
The river was absolutely stunning and a joy to fish.
Punchbowl pool, Hood River
So here's the secret... walk down the trail over the railroad tracks, take a left at the cedar tree...
How did you like those eggs eh buddy? Best ever right? "Uh huh"
Home grown potatoes, organic sirloin roasted over cherry embers MMMMMM
Hood River Marina
Taken with a point and shoot from the side of the road, and does not do it justice

Thanks Steve and Tracy! Hope I get that project so I get to see you again soon.

- J

02-01-2011, 06:55 AM
Great pics Juro. The environs are a lot like what I had in my minds eye. And hanging out with Steve and Tracy is always a special hoot.

02-01-2011, 10:29 AM
I'm totally green with envy,some day I hope to get out west.

02-01-2011, 01:19 PM
Absolutely awesome.

02-01-2011, 06:24 PM
Hey! "What did the steelhead say when he hit the cement?"


02-01-2011, 06:38 PM
You win, I owe you a beer of your choice when we get to the Cape this summer.

02-01-2011, 07:44 PM
Looking at this post is the best thing I've seen all week! Mighty beautiful place and the pics are probably only an inkling of the sheer beauty. Great job on the photos Juro. Are you tired of the 'Twilight' posters yet? Hopefully, you didn't spend enough waking hours in Forks to notice. Watch out SolDuc! Looking forward to that report.