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The three piece T & T 8wt took longer than normal to put together, as a light early morning breeze and a light frost, coated the low lying vegetation in the valley. The night before, the snow, rain and winter conditions gave way to a crisp mountain morning with all the quiet and solice one could ask for....The day before, my good friend Hotrod generously sent me some beautiful, proven flies, and I was a bit nervous, and cold as I arrived at the river.

It has been quite some time since I shared the river with Professori and hooked and lost my first steelhead on the fly...I guess all my whining paid off, as I now have quite a nice arsenal of professionally tied flies to help me with my quest My first fish was a nice chromer with lots of athletic delivery and was hooked on a beautiful tie by Prof. who watched in amazemeent as it ran to freedom as fast as she was hooked. At least he knows that pattern has some promise! ;)

For this morning's fishery, which happenened in spite of a bunch of other things going on in the workplace as well as the home was a small spot that has produced for me in the past on gear in low water conditions, but was yet, untested by me with the flyrod. I was surprised to find no one in sight in spite of the near perfect conditions.

A new purple sparkle bunny leach was the first fly to get wet and I spent a considerable length of time working on my casts and making sure I was in the areas that I felt might be productive. I has previously used a type 3 15 foot sink tip but, in advance of my arrival at the river, I choose to put on the type 8 12 foot tip with a 5 foot 10# fleurocarbon leader to handle the faster moving water this run has to offer.
There is something special in sharing these types of mornings with friends, however this morning was one of the few I have chosen for a "me only".
This is not to slight any of my good friends, however, today was a good day for me to be alone...

.I could hear the line swiftly moving thru the air on my false casts and thought about trying to keep things as smooth as my golf swing. I practiced the "double haul" for a few hrs., just as Stone had shown me in my brief lessons a few years ago. The purple was replaced with a smaller version, and then the pink, and then the egg leach patterns in purple & black and finally the all black leach....and then all of a sudden, out of the blue, just as I am about to hit the road, my line tightens in the deepest part of the run, I lift the rod tip and the weight of a Vedder River
Stickfish is thrashing the surface of the pool with reckless abandon!....This is no ordinary stickfish, but a very well educated branch, that seems to like both fly-fishers and gear fishers alike
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As it was almost time for me to depart to my next spot, I decided to wade out into the current and see if I could retrive my fly from this very stubborn, underwater dweller. The current was fast and the top of my waders were approaching the limit of their capacity to keep me dry when the beast on my line gave one last pull, and came close enough to the surface for me to see my quarry, and allowed me to have one chance to not only retrieve my fly, but a whole bunch of other stuff that has been attached, and lost during the higher water of last week.

With a quick stroke of my hand, I managed to tail the branch, which turned out to be a really nice cedar specimen with the following attachments.
One spin n glo, 2 pink/purple flis, one beautiful purple spey, two small blades, a varity of line, weights and swivels, and a very unusal spoon with a triple hook!!. :eek:

A careful, slow paced wade back to the shore, a long walk to the truck, and no fish, but another day on the water where all the problems of the world melted like the mountain snow. Beautiful British Columbia at it's best!!...............Ortho 8)
 

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Re: Vedder Fly Fishing Adventure Story

"Hi ho, Hi ho, it's off to fish I go".........If I don't hook up with some steel this weekend, I will have a lot of nice gear for sale... Wink..... Shocked.....If everything goes according to plan I should beach 2 or 3 and the drought will be over!
......Ortho Cool!


Hey Ortho,thanks for the report,so i guess you will have a lot of nice gear for sale . ;D :D :beerchug:
 

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Seems like you had a fun day ortho,to bad you didn't conect with some steel.
Was out today myself,fished some nice water but got skunked today,got there first before anybody this morning and debated between two runs,picked the first one, witch turned out that,the same run did not produce for the whole day , two guys walk into the other one that i wanted to fish,they hit two steelies in the first half hour.
That's fishing what do you do,by the way, was that wind this morning COLD or what.
 

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Congratulations on your stickfish ;) And thanks for sharing your adventure story! You and rib should get together and write a book - you are both very talented :thumbup:
 

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Hey, Ribby.............when should we start?......Chapter 1 page 1.....Floss fishery explained.........bound to be a best seller!!........Ortho 8)
 

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Thanks for the read ortho. I gave it a shot on the fly the day before - this time with three moderators (FF, rib, & prof). Had a great time on the water, but no fish hooked or seen. That's steelheading! Felt good to get back into the fly casting, but also realized pretty quickly that the three other guys were covering more water with much less effort as they all had spey rods! FF has been hinting that I need a spey rod for some time now. Very tempted to do so - but it may be a bit difficult now with a new dependent in the house! Doh! Anyway, thanks FF, rib & prof for the fantastic day out! Can't wait to do it again. Also - the Roche Lake fishout sounds like its going to be a blast!
 

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I did check to see if "it" was wild, and it didn't come from a nursery and more likely from the "wild" bush along the river, so I presume it was a wild stickfish.....It was carrying more glitter than most peoples Christmas trees.
By the way, I have decided to keep my gear, at least til next Friday as the 28th is the day I predicted I would catch my first way back in the fall. So I had better keep the gear until next weekend, at least.....Ortho 8)
 

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I probably shouldn't say this here, but I don't care if the stick fish is wild or hatch, everyone I land, I bonk and toss in the woods. Call me unethical, I don't give a damn. They compete with the steelhead and 'bows for feed (don't believe me, then explain why they hit your offering 5 times as much as a steely???)
 

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I went for a wade down by the canal the other day to see where the drop offs were as it was so low and man there was schools of them dam stick fish wearing their glitter earing and lead necklaces (snag city) :wallbash:
Now i know how far i can let my float run in them drifts before hooking one of them stick fish :thumbup:
 

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I went for a wade down by the canal the other day to see where the drop offs were as it was so low and man there was schools of them dam stick fish wearing their glitter earing and lead necklaces (snag city) :wallbash:
Now i know how far i can let my float run in them drifts before hooking one of them stick fish :thumbup:
Sometimes if you catch one of those stick fish with all the glitter and earrings on them - they are worth more that the steelie - lol. :thumbup: Well maybe not - but always nice to at least get a bunch of gear along with the snag :happy:
 

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No amount of recovered gear will ever cover the expenses....The "fish of a thousand casts", based on conservative estimates runs around $100-125.00 lb.....Gear,gas,food & drink, accom. etc.....They're expensive!! :eek:
.......Ortho 8)
 

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You can't put a price on hooking a Steelie on a fly rod 8)
any way i was glad to clean up the river a little(lots of line on the gear)
did get a strange green\silver fly though :confused:
might work on Coho later on :thumbup:
 
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