After losing three fish a week ago, my son got his first steelhead in the net. Last week he had a hog on and the leader was cut on a rock. That fish took him to his backing twice before a rock ended the fight. I may have been able to net this one.........had I had a net.
His second fish broke off when he set the hook too hard. The third was on for a few minutes and the tippet broke at the knot. I felt that was my fault for not checking things after the second fish.
So we go out again today after baseball practice. We hit the water around 4:00 under cloudy skies and slight drizzle. I was pleased to see few others fishing. A friend of mine was there a bit before us, so we found him and started fishing. We could see fish in the riffles and current edges. They weren't interested in streamers like the week before. After trying a few things, we ended up high stick nymphing caddis larvae under indicators. With just enough weight to get the flies ticking the bottom the fish showed some interest. The fight was on, and lasted around 15 min. With my new net
(I won't leave home steel fishing without it
) we landed my son's first steelhead.
And what a steelhead.
I'm so proud of how well he did bringing this fish to the net.
BTW, check the hat. That was given to him by a local shop owner as baptismal gift. He recently baptised himself in the Little Sandy after tripping over a rock.