Proof that Yesterday was Lucky

by | Apr 8, 2021 | pikeminnow

flyfish-OregonWhen I hit the pillow last night I thought really hard to compare the fresh “Spring Chinook Salmon” I’d just eaten with other favorite eating fish from walleye to snapper.  I couldn’t chose one over another.  But what I did conclude was Mike’s suggestion to go try to catch another “Spring Chinook” for dinner tonight, was a good plan.  Once again, we left Mike’s Portland, Oregon house for the Willamette River early this morning.


Willamette-RiverThe day was different than yesterday.  It wasn’t as damp but it was much colder and there was hardly a cloud in the sky.  It was an absolute stunner of a drive to the river and then down the river to the spot as well.


Spring-ChinooksWhen we arrived there were more boats then yesterday.  Though cold to start, the forecast was for a beautiful warm day.  No doubt the word was out.  Mike rigged up the herrings and we tossed them over and began a slow troll.


For some reason I lost interest in the trolling early.  Perhaps it was because neither us or any of the other 25 boats hooked a fish in the first hour.  Maybe because there was some fantastic birdlife distracting me.  But instead of working my troll like yesterday, I rigged up my Winston and went to work.


pikeminnowI chucked and ducked for an hour.  Then it was two hours.  I took a break before exercising a third hour.  Then I kicked back and looked around.  Not any of the boats had hooked a fish all day.  It was quite possible I was wasting my time.  Then Mike hooked up.  Turns out it wasn’t a salmon but rather this sizeable Umpqua pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus umpquae).


I’m not sure anyone caught a spring Chinook today.  But it was a great day to be alive.  The scenery and weather were unreal and Mike and I had a good time too catching up.  We’re good friends and it’s been way too long.


stormbreaker-brewinigWe got back to Mike’s around 6 PM.  Mike has a friend, Dan, who owns Stormbreaker Brewing.  Dan generously gave me an assortment of cans to drink this week.  I knocked back a couple tonight and Mike grabbed Thai food to go.  Life is good!  Tomorrow we’re changing venues and heading up the Columbia River for walleye.


Stay tuned!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!