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Floated the Sky yesterday from High Bridge to Sultan with Bunnyleech and his dad. The river was super low and clear but the morning started out with a light drizzle so we were hopeful. After a broken rod at the first hole, things were bound to get better. We fished some good water but no action until about 12:30 whe I left Dave and his Dad to fish a nice run and I walked down to the top of the next riffle.

I have been working on a new black shrimp pattern for winter fish and had for kicks tied one up on a #5 Alec Jackson. I tied that on and on the third or forth cast the fly felt like it had ticked bottom. I lifted slowly and bingo - fish on. After a determined fight, I finally beached a 29" hatchery buck. Not a bad way to break in the new 8150 and 8/9 Accelerator!!! Also a nice way to break my string of 6 or 7 hookups without a landing.

An hour or so later, Dave was leading the way through an especially nice run casting a small purple spey with his 5 weight (he had lent his dad his eight after he broke his). He had just turned to tell me he felt lucky when I saw his line go taught and then the fish exploded onto the surface. I was really impressed at how he quickly played and landed a 25" hatchery buck.

While Dave's dad was finishing up the rest of the run, I started again at the top. I had just stepped over a big boulder and lost my footing and was doing the splits in the river when a fish hit. I had the line pinched to the cork and the rod pointed straight at the fly and predictably, the fish left with my fly. Serves me right. Of course, that was not the first fish I lost becasue of stupity and probably wont be the last.

All in all a great day. Good weather (cloudy!), good fishing, and good company.
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Here are a couple of pictures that Dave had developed from this trip. (Sorry they are so large, couldn't get them to save smaller.)" border="0">

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YEEHAH! Great pictures, brings me right back. Boy, I'm having some serious steelhead withdrawls lately. Thanks for the fix!

I can't tell you how good it will be to be swinging a fly on those streams again. It's a spriritual thing really. I get a lump in my throat thinking about some of the days I've had, fish or no fish - just being where all those natural factors came together to form mountains, temperate rain forests, tumbling rivers and steelhead all in one place. Kicking around a riverside trail in the cascades makes me feel as carefree as Tom Sawyer, but with a sense of purpose and urgency that only the ultimate trout could bring to the game. Yeah, I am ready for a trip.

Nice work!
Nice job, Sinktip. Those big boulders remind me why I love the Upper Sky. Great pics, too.

Looking forward to seeing your (now) infamous black shrimp tie!


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