When it comes to best days ever, fishermen are a strange lot.
From what I can tell, they have a ton of best days. Definitely more than most of us.
The fisherman and woman get rained on all day and return happy as kids. They wake up wired, at 4am, in anticipation of their day on the river. They stand all day in water up to their waist throwing a goofy, wispy, fake, often phosphorescent “bug” into the current and come away happy.
But even for the fisherman I bet some best days are better than others.
Frank and his crew, his colleague Jerrick and Jerrick’s son Tristan, stayed for three days this week, arriving after the first big rain of the season (see the top photo, from October 15 when the river was at its highest). They fished every day and on one of those days, with local guide James Keeling, hooked four whoppers.
Like they say in the brokerage business, “past performance does not guarantee future results” but I can assure you if you are a fisherman, love to cast for salmon, have no qualm about rising early, then this is your season on the Smith.
Early and heavy rains are distributing the salmon throughout the system. The bite is on from the mouth of the river to the forks of Gasquet and clear past Stoney Creek.
Are you angling for your best day ever? Time to get yourself to the Smith.