I'm pushing to get a lot of work done today. Plan is to leave very early in the morning and be on the Grande Ronde no later than mid-morning. I'll be meeting my brother John. We've only got two days to fish, but we'll make the most of it.
He's making a big swing through the West right now hitting some prime fishing locations. He was going to be representing HMH at the big fly fishing show in West Yellowstone last weekend anyway, so he decided to make the most of it.
He stopped at the Henry's Fork first, went to our favorite stretch and, in spite of cold and wind, caught a beautiful Rainbow there. For old times' sake.
Today he's sampling the Clearwater for steelhead, and he'll be moving up the Ronde to meet me there tomorrow morning. He'll cap it all off with some time on the Deschutes.
Nice work, if you can get it.
The latest reports on the Ronde are looking good. There are slightly more steelhead than last year, and the recent rains have got them on the move. River levels are up but dropping.
Should be just right. I'm taking--guess what?--plenty of muddlerish dries for skating over those pods of fish hanging in those deep-green chutes.
Or maybe I'm just trying to make the most of it. But that's what we do. Wish us luck.