Bass bass bass bass bass.
When the backcountry calls you better answer. This spring we had the opportunity to hike away from civilization and experience true wilderness. We only saw one other person over the three days we were there, and saw almost no signs of other people at all. No garbage. No development. Nothing. After fishing downstream all day it was more surprising to see an actual human boot print in the sand than more elk, bear, deer, or coyote tracks.
We could have asked for better fishing conditions, but there were a few fish around. With low and clear water the fish we did see were spooky and not much inclined to play with us.
If you’re in need of a re-set from the hectic day-to-day of modern life then consider unplugging from the stresses of the work week, stuffing a backpack and hitting the trail.
I call this plugging into nature.
words & photos by Nick Satushek
That’s a happy face if I’ve ever seen one.
Fall fishing in the PNW backcountry has a lot to offer.
Getting remote and exploring streams and rivers in the mountain regions can pay off big. Recently Nick and Sam went out on a quick overnight mission to explore some new water.
Upon arriving to the area we’d be exploring we were greeted by multiple signs warning of an aggressive bear ransacking occupied campsites. “Camping not advised’ warned one of the signs. Good thing we forgot the bear spray at home.
Well in the end we survived the night without a bear attack. 🙂
Fishing turned out to be tough, but the scenery sure was easy on the eyes. This was a perfect way to step back and get grounded before the busy fall season picks up. Here are some photos from the trip.
PNW Backcountry photos
As the water warms up so does the bass fishing. Most parts of the country warm up earlier than in the PNW, but we still get some decent bass fishing weather every year.
With a last hurrah spring steelhead is going out with a bang. We saw some great fish this winter and spring, but are looking forward to trout, bass, and other warmwater exploits soon.
Stay tuned for product updates soon, along with some new shirt and hat designs for summer.
Winter steelhead season is in full swing in the PNW, and even though Puget Sound rivers are closed down across Washington state now the opportunities continue throughout the area. From BC to California, March and April hold promise for big hard fighting winter steelhead.
Steelhead season has already been pretty good to us here. A few fish here and through spread thoughout a few fishless days (ok, quite a few fishless days) has been the norm.
We explored some new water.
We swung flies. We fished float rods and spoons too.
We saw a few fish.
We’re looking forward to a good rest of the season.
With huge areas of eastern Washington burning, smoke and ash piled up on us as we continued to cast and cast and cast in the search of a solid tug.
More than once.
Not all were huge
We’ve said it before, but whether you’re an experienced musky chaser, or are over your 10,000 casts without a fish it would never be a bad idea to get in touch with Musky Dave of Warmwater Rambler guide service. He will put you on fish.
Ash on the tents
The glow from Stickpin
Back on the westside – just had to stop off for a quick dolly.