Summer’s last hurrah – trout fishing bonanza

With the warm easy days of summer fading in the rearview mirror, we took time out for a quick trip over the mountains to the dry and fertile area of Eastern Washington for some trout fishing. We met up with Leaf Seaburg of Methow Fishing Adventures, and set off with high expectations. All expectations were exceeded with plenty of fish catching and fun having. Enjoy these photos from this great early fall day on the river.

We woke up early (5:15am!), strapped up our DRYFT Primo Zip front waders, stuffed lunches and drinks into our BKCNTRY packs and headed for the river. Fishing didn’t slow up all day- with solid takes on dries and streamers keeping the action moving quickly from first light well into the afternoon.

Trout Fly Fishing PNW photo gallery

Gear Featured in this post:

Primo Zip Waders, BKCNTRY waterproof backpack, Ambush UPF sun shirt, MTN hat, and Wizard Facemask.

Backcountry Steelheading photo journal

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 PNW backcountry walk ‘n wade – Exploring new water

DRYFT S14 fishing waders

DRYFT S14 fishing waders

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

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Bass Bass Bass

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.

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Winding down

Spring steelhead DRYFT Primo

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.

-Nick

Aloha

Spring steelhead DRYFT Primo

 

Steelhead season

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.

pacific northwest 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.

small water

We swung flies. We fished float rods and spoons too.

 

 

swinging

We saw a few fish.

eye of the steelhead

 

We’re looking forward to a good rest of the season.

-Nick Satushek