Yep. I was Matt Stephens’ guest fishing upriver yesterday, my birthday eve and Matt’s birthday, swinging for winter steelhead on the Nestucca River. Wonderful day, fun with a great guy, we found a few willing fish, I fell down twice but didn’t get hurt or soaked, and the grab on the swing is soooooooo nice when it comes.
One kelt grabbed a fly on a short cast, with only the Flow Tip and ten feet of the Switch head out of the guides; and one hen intercepted a fly swinging deep in a tail out on a very long cast; and one fish climbed on in fast water at the transition zone where the fast flow met the slow. Matt caught the big hen, all were released, and we were pleased as heck to have had the day together fishing beautiful water and finding grabby steelhead.
Today I celebrate 66 years on the planet, with my family and friends. May each of you find something good today and every day. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes and support.
Feisty kelt hammered a fly in close than ran into the rapids, seeming like a twenty pounder!
Matt Stephens, birthday boy.
Matt’s nice hen up for a quick photo and back into the water.
Hen from a tail out swing.
Matt making the cast.
Not fancy, just effective.
Echo Glass 7 wt TH resting.
Sunshine in Woods.
Jay Nicholas, March 26 2015