I possess a T-shirt that bears the slogan, “So many fish so little time.” This is very true for me at this particular time period. I definitely have a problem.
Here is the situation. We find ourselves in the prime of the summer steelhead season. By this I mean, we have had ample rain to draw incoming steelhead. The water conditions are as good as they will get throughout the entire summer. The fish numbers should be better than average and the fish should be most receptive to a lure of some kind.
With these ideal factors defining an almost perfect fishing scenario, I find myself inundated with a complex schedule that seems to be crowding out my fishing focus. It is literally paining me.
Many others are facing a similar situation. My day job is extremely busy, graduation is upon us and family events are all taking their toll in terms of time demands. When things line up so well for summer steelhead, anglers feel badly about not taking advantage of the opportunity. Everyone knows that it could be a long while before we are blessed with ideal conditions.
However, there will be some who will be taking advantage of these favorable times. The word is definitely out and is confirmed that there are steelhead in the Wynooche and Humptulips rivers. Of course, these were the two rivers in our area which were planted for this summer steelhead season.
The best confirmation is the fishing traffic itself. When you see fishers, you know there are fish available. Where you see these fishers will give you clues exactly where the fish are located in the river. The ultimate confirmation is fish in the boat or on the bank. There has definitely been good reports to make this confirmation a reality.
In busy times, unless you know exactly where the fish are holding, sometimes it is best to float the river in some means. A float tube, drift boat or small pram can serve you well in this endeavor. At least one will get an opportunity to cover more water leading to accessing the fish more readily.
Now, one of the more productive ways to connect with a summer steelhead is to take a guided trip on the Lower Quinault River. This option will take you to a producing river with some feeder streams like Cook Creek.
This option may be surprisingly affordable when you consider the expense of a do-it-yourself fishery. It could work out very well, if time constraints persist. It definitely simplifies the situation immensely. Basically all you need to do is pack a lunch, bring your lucky pole and catch fish. Somebody takes you to the fish, assists you with terminal tackle and takes care of all the details. It doesn’t get any easier than that. I guess there is always the bright side to a busy schedule.
On the other hand, some anglers are not preoccupied with bringing a fish home. So, in this case, just getting out anywhere may be therapeutic whether a fish is caught or not.