Fall Salmon 2011 Day 3
Day three started with rain—off and on from midnight to about 6 am. It was strictly incidental and without any accumulation. As a consequence the river stayed low and clear. The early part of the day was cold but without too much wind. The wind picked up about noontime and by 4 pm was blowing rather briskly (20 to 30 mph). Heavy, low clouds prevailed all day. Casting never became a problem, however. Yesterday’s cohos were closed mouth today, but the kings cooperated (as best as kings usually cooperate). I managed 2 nice kings and one small female coho by lunchtime. After lunch, I moved to a different section of the river and found a nice pod of big kings doing their thing on this cold October day. I had to creep up on hands and knees and fish from a kneeling position, but it was well worth the effort. They were all of good size, with the final fish of the day measuring 40 inches tail to nose (25 lbs+). The last four fish took an all black collared leech, moving nicely to grab the fly. A couple more were lost in the battle. Tomorrow is supposed to be a repeat of today, weather-wise. Fish-wise? Only the morrow will tell.