It happens all the time at O’Hare and Dulles. LAX too. Bad luck, huh? You are not alone. Stuff happens here too. Just different stuff.
Here on the Smith it was boats that were stacked up. An unusual situation for a river that’s big enough to keep the fishermen spread out on a day’s typical float from the forks in Hiouchi to the take-out at Ruby Van Deventer Park, downriver toward the mouth. Today was the exception. Day 1 of the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery’s Steelhead Derby (the hatchery’s 32nd annual event).
I don’t know the exact numbers — number of entrants, number of boats, size of today’s catch. But for a moment it looked like Grand Central Station on the water.
I spotted a slew of the area’s top guides. Mick Thomas, Paul Tromble, Kim Hagen, Mike Coopman, Phil Desautels were out with clients today. Other regulars must have slipped by unnoticed.
If any readers know how the fishing was for today’s Derby goers, if you had an especially good float with a guide I didn’t see, add a comment or send me a message.
Conditions look good for tomorrow and Saturday’s floats (on the Smith and Chetco). As for me, I’ll be bank fishing a secret spot on the South Fork of the Smith, away from the action and crush. Tight lines, competitors!