Wow, is fall flying by! Wasn’t it just September? Now the end of October is closer than the start. I guess there’s just a bit of catching up to do here. Fall means a lot of things, among them is steelhead season and getting on the big D to see what can be dredged up in that department. The first float on the Deschutes actually began in September and then there it was, October by the end of the trip. The second trip was only 4 days later. A little bit of a whirlwind, but was it ever nice to be on the river. And of course it’s always nice to get out and see some fall sunsets as storms threaten that usually don’t produce a whole lot.
The first stop of the first trip ended up producing a steelhead on a fly, turned out it was a bit anticlimactic as that may be the only steelhead of the fall. Ah well, a nice hatchery hen that was really tasty eventually found the net, the cooler and the smoker.
Plenty of herons, a few osprey that haven’t headed south quite yet, fat redsides and more great sunsets. It keeps me coming back and yearning for more trips year after year.
There may not be another trip in the cards this fall, but I’m already excited to shove off on the trip next spring. Can you say ‘Cinco de Mayo?’