Stevie was there waiting for us and he and I were anxious to see if we could hook into some Dean River Chinook.
The water was especially high this Spring and the murky flow was a little concerning. Both wading and casting were difficult with the water so high in the trees, but the fishing proved incredible regardless.
Early steelhead were around and the Chinook fishing was off the charts! It is truly the only fishery that I will openly admit scares the hell out of me.
These fish are almost as big as I am, and while they aren’t overly long, they are wide enough to hold most of their weight. We hooked into fish up to 65 pounds and spent a great deal of time standing in shock as we stared at our bare hooks after battling with a monster.
Just as a brief side note, we are excited to announce that Simon Gawesworth will be joining us in June next year for a Chinook/Early Steelhead Spey School.
We had some incredible anglers and personalities join us at the lodge… With accommodations of only 6, the nights were often long and the laughs were endless.
We are almost full for next year but do have some spaces available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book for the Simon Gawesworth school or for one of our open slots.
Hope to see you there!