|Another tale from the NorCal surf about another fish of a million casts (or something very close to it). While working a steady perch bite with Richard Gilliam in the middle of last Saturday's outgoing tide, I experienced one of those unexpected grabs in the waves - a memorable "WSB-in-the-surf" moment. |
Based on the initial take, I just figured it was just another late-season rogue striper. But the fish's half-jumps & tail slashing between wave crests told me this was nothing of the striped variety. And this fish was especially hot! It kinda reminded me of a silver/coho as the backing began to peel from the reel as the fish shot away past the outer break into Monterey Bay.
After a bit of coaxing, the fish finally emerged from the shorebreak. Richard & I got our first look at what was on the other end of my line. Instead of seeing the expected striped shape & broad tail, we saw dark spots over a chrome-bright silver body. A salt-run steelhead!!!
Following a few quick photos, I returned the fish to the suds & watched it bolt away into the waves towards whatever river or stream was weighing on its mind. Another species to check off of my NorCal surf tic list...
12-1/2' 6-wt TFO Professional Spey
Galvan T-6 with 34' of Rio T-11 head & 20 lb Airflo Ridge floating R/L
Fly: "Kung-Pao Perch Assassin", #4 Tiemco 200R
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