Bonus Days

Nice mid-October cutthroat

Nice mid-October cutthroat

Even though you can fish 365 days a year in Washington for trout, for the most part the season in the small Cascade and foothill rivers comes to a close somewhere near the end of September when the rains begin and the rivers fill.    This year I though the season was over at the end of September too, rivers were 10x their summer flows and the cold, wet weather seemed to be here to stay.    Yes, I’ve managed to get over and fish the Yakima a few times in the last few weeks but that doesn’t count, it is on the dry side of the Cascades.

Well I was wrong and we are having an Indian Summer here in the Pacific Northwest in mid-October.    Last week after fishing the Yakima one day I managed to sneak in a day on the South Fork and figured, OK, this is really it.   This week, however, the weather has turned perfect with temps hitting the mid-60’s and the rivers dropping quite a bit.  Today the Middle Fork was flowing at 500cfs, a lot higher than in August but one heck of a lot lower than the 4500 it was at a few weeks ago.

Around lunch time I stopped work, grabbed my waders, and headed to North Bend.   It couldn’t have been a more perfect day, the air was crisp and the leaves were brilliant yellows, oranges and reds.  I rigged up my Amago and within a few casts had a grab that I missed, I was sort of shocked.   Next cast – fish on!   That was quick.   I got kind of spoiled in the first fifteen minutes when I had already caught 3 trout without even moving.  The next trout took about an hour, of course.   Still, I was out about 1.5 hours and caught 4 nice cutthroat, lost several more and missed a few more – not bad for mid-October around here.  I’m now up to 68 tenkara days this year now and I’m pretty sure I’ll get a few more since the rest of the week is looking perfect and I’m sure I’ll be out enjoying some more bonus days.