Some of you have read it but here it goes !!
This is from Thursday March 1st.
Nestucca River 3 Merc 0 ----- 9 Innings
Well boys, I ask for the call up to the big leagues and am now headed
back down to AAA ball. Beautiful morning waking up to snow and freezing fog.
We took our time getting to the river as the roads were dicey. When we got there it was absolutely beautiful. Took many photos that I will share. Got to the first hole and my drifts were spot on. No fish. We were up pretty high and the run still has a month or so left. In the second at bat, I had my chance. Indicator dove on a drift 40 yds or so below me. Fish on....fish gone. Half dozen drifts later and Merc was in the water.... Not wading, literally. Soaked. Off come waders to empty and in the truck to dry off. Half hour later, I am back in the game. Luckily packed extra socks. 2-0 Nestucca. After lunch I had a primo run in front of me. I told Chad to fish some and he was just down river of me. We were using balloons as indicators since its big water and they are really buoyant. Couple of roll casts in, my balloon pops. No biggie as I yell to Chad. As I am reeling up the line sinks and catches a big boulder and deep to get to it. No biggie I will just break off. All good except the last section of my rod comes loose. In one fell swoop, bye bye tip section rolling towards the pacific. 3-0 Nestucca. Fish a couple more holes to no avail but all in all a great day on the river. The blank can be replaced and Chad and I laughed at the day. Final deductions: If you are to wade a big river like this, you HAVE to have a switch rod, minimum. You cannot roll cast far enough with the overhangs to hit the holes. I was undermanned and overwhelmed. It's steelheading and I will be back.
Next time with new weapons!!
Cheers and Good Fishing !