Despite not catching a steelhead, it was a glorious day. The Oregon coast is stunning, and I spent all day lost in the rainforest. Everything is green, ,mossy, and wet...and it got wetter throughout the day. I was reminded today that there is no substitute for good gear! I fished in pouring rain and some heavy gusts of wind, but with the right gear it was simply a part of the experience. I was never uncomfortable.
The river was still high and off color, but I don't think it was unfishable by any stretch. I had two heart stopping moments when I set the hook, felt a head shake and then nothing. One of those was a definite steelhead...big, heavy throbs on the end of my line. The other might have been a cut, or it might have been a steelhead. Who knows.
Despite getting blanked (again) I am starting to get the fascination with winter steelhead. I really, really want to catch one, but part of the allure is the environment. Such a beautiful, wild, natural setting...when it comes together with a bright, hopefully wild fish I think it will be a special moment. I will keep after them.