Swinging for Steelhead Upriver on my Birthday eve

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.

Jay Nicholas Echo Swing Day a

Feisty kelt hammered a fly in close than ran into the rapids, seeming like a twenty pounder!

Matt Stephens birthday 2015

Matt Stephens, birthday boy.

Matt Stephens with steelhead on the Swing.

Matt’s nice hen up for a quick photo and back into the water.

Jay Nicholas Nestucca Winter Steelhead

Hen from a tail out swing.

Matt Stephens on Birthday 2015

Matt making the cast.

ay Nicholas Echo Swing Day d

Not fancy, just effective.

ay Nicholas Echo Swing Day e

Echo Glass 7 wt TH resting.

Jay Nicholas morning at Woods Cabin a

Sunshine in Woods.

Jay Nicholas morning at Woods Cabin b Jay Nicholas morning at Woods Cabin c Jay Nicholas morning at Woods Cabin d Jay Nicholas morning at Woods Cabin eWhat a nice way to begin the day.

Jay Nicholas, March 26 2015

One thought on “Swinging for Steelhead Upriver on my Birthday eve

  1. Jay, I am very glad you are back to writing and taking beautiful photographs.

    I turned 66 in early February and it is a fine age to be, and certainly better than the alternative to aging…

    My son and I brought to hand five beautiful steelhead on th Muskegon River today, where the air temperature only flirted with 30 degrees f. Life is good. Thank you for sharing your enjoyment with us.

    Marty in Michigan

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