- Jul 27, 2009
Having moved to Oregon only two years ago this was my first attempt at attempting to catch" a little bigger fish then normal" I guess I was kind of thinking when I decided to get my steelhead/Salmon tag this year. I went up to Waterloo to fish for them for really no other reason then I had seen this spot on a previous "scouting trip" from atop the bridge. Up until now I had only fished the north. I was fishing Waterloo for an hour or so with no luck just down from the falls. I'd prefer to have been closer but there was a pretty rowdy bunch up atop the falls that between the tats and piercings was at first glance the group you steer clear of. Well some one yelled "FISH ON" and everyone reeled in there lines to let the lucky winner threw with his prize. As all this was happening one of the guys came over and was just being friendly and freely volunteering info on what everyone else was catching them on. long story short he invited me over to the bunch and got me set up with what they were using and was soon part of this group that just earlier I was looking at as a 'motley crew bunch of dudes. I usually would love to be fishing a nice part of a stream with no one in site. Well who wouldn't? Up until now I had a million hours on the streams of NM, NH, MA, and ME where a 18" trout is a trophy fish. But this was a different kind of fishing. a team work of effort to keep lines apart. I was soon part of a casting "Wave" from the most downstream guy to the guy highest up river. Over the next couple of days I fished here RELIGIOUSLY, from Wed to Sun. I saw guys who had caught a thousand over their lifetime give a hooked fish of to a buddy who had never caught one before and was told at one point " I'm trying to get you one man their just not bitein anymore". I figure I had 30 hrs of time on the river . I also had 0 fish. The first night I joined the locals I saw a nice 15lber get caught and later a 30+lber. Every night, mainly, I'd see a couple get caught by guys using the same set up as me. (corky an yarn) . I guess the run is ending and I might have missed my chance this year but thanks to the ever friendly Oregonians I now know where I need to be next year.