King salmon fishing is going well with fish in the holes and runs near their spawning grounds and a lot of fish on redds. If you like sight fishing for kings, the next couple of weeks are going to be good! There is probably about a week’s worth of skein fishing for kings left.
Eric and his dad, Steve, wanted to try for a mixed bag of fish today so we began with boondoggling for steelhead (my favorite time to be on the river). It did not take long until we got a few trout to go and lost a decent steelhead. Before we could land a steelhead, Eric got a play with a lively king salmon that made him work since he was using steelhead tackle. He brought her to the net after a good fight. We had a few on and off before landing our first fall steelhead of the day.
Steve wanted to get a few fish for his smoker so we switched gear and went skein fishing. Eric had our first fish that came off at the boat, but Steve showed him how to land a fish a little later on so we had two for the smoker. Back after steelhead, we went and found a few to play with us and there was a fair amount of dark water kings. We had four passes through a stretch where we hooked a king every time. With our final float of the day, we hit a king and steelhead double. No better way to end a great day on the river!