Tag Archives: river

Bunnies and bullies

When fall first hits, before the big rains, the rivers drop low and salmon move their way into the upper reaches. Bull trout follow, and so do we.

 

While getting ready to do the real business of the season, they certainly aren’t past cozying up behind spawning salmon and smacking a big bunny fly or egg sucking leech.

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How to use your wader bag as a beer cooler, and other uses for it [video]

We bet you use the mesh carrying bag your waders came in all the time to transport your waders to and from your fishing trips. Yep. Right.  Ok yeah, so maybe we don’t either.  So here are some other good ways to use that mesh bag that your waders came in.

Beer cooler
Throw some beers in the bag and hang it in the water while you fish. Just tie that bad boy to a tree, or hang it off the side of the boat and have cold beer all day long.

 

And here are a few other possible uses…

Lunch sack
Throw your lunch in it and keep it separated from the rest of your gear.

Garbage sack
Have some trash from lunch or some empties kicking around the bottom of the boat? Throw em’ in the bag and tame that trash until you reach the takeout.

Wader carrying bag
Novel idea but use it to safely transport your waders. Rolling and tucking them into a bag keeps them from snagging on anything in the truck, tidy’s them up and keeps them out of the way. The mesh allows them to dry out too.

Have another way that you use your wader bag? Scroll down and drop a comment here and let us know.

Winding down

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

 

Alaska Grayling short [video]

Some Alaska grayling action from last fall.  Grayling may be small, but they sure are fun.

Short video of some #AK Grayling action.

Posted by Dryft on Thursday, May 7, 2015

Waders back in stock

S14 waders and Primo jackets are back in stock!

Making the cast

 

 

Olympic Peninsula Steelhead trip

We headed out to the coast last week to scratch that steelhead itch that so often strikes in early spring. With limited options within the state this time of year, heading west to the coast is about as good as it gets when a steelhead trip feels right.  Here is a photo blog of our short two day trip.

Coastal steelhead

The fish pictured above came with a story. After the strike, she bolted downstream straight at my fishing buddy who was working the run downstream, nearly wrapping around his legs and sending him scrambling for the bank. At the same time the extra fly line I had laying at my feet cleared the guides with alarming speed and looped around the reel, jamming tight. I sprinted downstream to keep from breaking off, at which point the fish turned around and charged back upstream straight at me. The change between running downstream and switching directions and running backwards back upstream was just too much and resulted in a nice fall backwards, frantically stripping line to keep tight the whole way down. Landing in about a foot of water, I kept my rod tip high and managed to keep tight to the fish before scrambling back to my feet. Once back up I managed to untangle the line from my reel, and after a few more spirited runs was cradling this beauty for a quick photo shoot before the release. Having my waders and wading jacket strapped tight saved my bacon, and kept water from flowing into the tops of my waders. Aside from a damp wrist, I stayed completely dry even after taking a swim in a rainforest river.

That’s coastal steelhead on the fly.  Hope you enjoy the photos from our trip.

Camping

 

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Rainforest fly fishing

Coastal steelhead

Coastal steelhead

Lunch

Making the selection

Rainforest fly fishing

Rainforest fly fishing

Getting rigged

DRYFT truck

Drinking a brewski

Ocean campfire

Photos by @fsheroutofwater

Thanks for reading. -Nick