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flytie09

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Was fortunate enough today to land my first wild PNW steelhead today on the lower Deschutes. Pretty pumped to say the least.

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On the pink and black soft hackle.

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I can say it was hard earned as I'd been coming out here for the past 4 years. Despite the low return numbers....I kept a positive attitude and after a 2 mile hike and a half day of swinging, when most people are taking their afternoon stream side nap, it happened.

For those of you that know the lower Deschutes........this goat path will identify where I was. My legs and back are on fire. Nothing a good IPA can't fix.

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Nicely done! That first one is often hard earned, but they start coming easier....honestly.
My first wild one, 20 odd years ago, came a few miles upstream of yours. I also celebrated with a beer, but I think it was probably a Black Butte Porter.
 

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The feather in the cap was a second wild fish landed today closer to the mouth this time. The mouth of the river that is. On the same fly the second time working through the run after a few grabs.

Water levels were simply perfect to allow a slow broadside swing. Not 1 lost fly either.

Back to work Monday.

Next trip for me will be my annual SR NY pilgrimage. 33 days and counting.
 

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I don't care if this is an old thread. Anyone that persists for 4 years at anything before getting success has my respect. That is just awesome. Raw perseverance! You TOTALLY earned that fish! WTG! I'm official inspired!
 

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Thanks flafly. That’s nothing..... it took me a decade before I landed a Great Lakes Steelhead. Steelhead fishing is a game of learning, persistence, trial and error, exploration, research and sheer determination. It’s challenging and honestly not for everyone. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy it so much.

Praying for water in NY and a chance to add some mojo to a few of these flies.
 
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