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PNW Summer Run Clave?

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It's time to start thinking about the summer steelhead expedition... Tony, Skookum, Andre and others have been finding fish. There has even been a little buzz out here on the east coast from folks interested in the PNW clave. We just might be able to get a few travellers to coordinate flights and spend a few days roving the northwest. Smitty (Rod Builder's WOrkshop) will be terrorizing salmon on Vancouver Island too.

This raises a couple of possibilities:

a) homesick greaseliner happily reunites with great friends and steelhead in the PNW

b) homesick greaseliner and entourage of eager anglers come to experience the ultimate trout

If there is genuine interest from folks in other regions in an expedition to the PNW, please reply to this post accordingly. If there are enough people to share a rental van and lodging, maybe even rental skiffs for ocean coho on a fly, the costs could go way down and the fun factor way up.

If not, then I will continue on my plans to visit the dry fly yard long super trout mecca to fish with the very impressive PNW contingent we have on the forum. (see Holy Grail article from spring)

I'll post details if there is interest in a group visit. Concerns about the logistics of fishing a river stretch with several people are not an issue in my mind, we could simply take shifts on different pools. There are plenty of hardcore steely schnauzers to lead small groups (of 3 or so) into various stretches and compare notes around ubiquitous quality espresso or a single malt flask.

Thoughts? Interest?
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Talked to Smitty this morning in fact. He will be on the island (Vancouver) with two spots open, no cost lodging. Unfortunately that's a bad week for me, I'd have to go last week August. That's a bit soon as well.

Brian tells me the coho season on Sekiu (inshore) opens September 1st. It's either quota based or will run until a certain date. In any case, I'd like to include a saltchuck coho flyfishing segue in the agenda.

Dryline steel only improves thru fall until the rains swell the rivers. September is great, peaking into early october until the rains and cooler weather typically start the waiting period until the winter fish appear.

I am still trying to nail down a date.
Looks tough for me then too - I have to be in town for Labor Day, but my good buddy will be out there thru the 4th. I'll have to come earlier (like next week?) or later. Later is much more likely.

I'll let you know.
It's looking like the end of September, trying to squeeze in the end of the ocean coho season as well as the greaseline season. I am already suspecting that this will be WW III at home and not the best topic to raise at the brand new job; but hey you only live once and in the end the number of steelhead you meet will count for something for sure.

I really look forward to seeing the gang and spending some time reading the fluid rhythms of glacial flows that thread the valleys from mountain to sea in our beautiful pacific northwest; and dancing a fly in the shadows with the prospect of steelhead every swing.
Hawkeye -

What a fortunate twist of fate! Well, unfortunate in that the apartment will be history but cool that we should be able to hook up for steelhead. Let me try to finalize the dates so that an extension of your time equals the start of my visit. I'm sure the PNW contingent will be supportive but if it doesn't work we might split a rent-a-wreck and tour the old honey holes. Steely season should be peak at that time.

I'll work things out at my new job and plan for the last week in September. Very cool!

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