Mike Gillete, holding it down during a slow time on this particular watershed..Winter Runs have drawn to an end, a Small Trickle of Summer Steelhead showing there face and the Spring Chinook anticipation is building in all of us..
Sweetest part of swinging flies for Anadromous fish in the Columbia River Tribs. I personally enjoy the changing seasons/ as well as the life cycle of the fish, it makes for great diversity in the Fish an Fishing. Not all fish are Chrome and look like bricks of silver, Equally fun to catch and just as awesome to stare at for a brief moment before you let them go....
Homie Matt Holdin it down with the Beulah switch....nice springer whoop whoop. Whats that number 5 or 6 outta that honey hole of yours in the past week.. i thank sooo....... killin it #Beulahswitchrods#rossReels#AirfloFlylines#Steelheadslayin#SpringtimeRunners
In case you don't know personally there is a few reasons why the new 2013 G4 models have the high dollar price tag. A product that's made in the USA is a rare find these days and that alone is enough for some to make the purchase. The main things for me is DURABILITY, COMFORT-ABILITY and SEX APPEAL...just kidding... These waders have been through the worst possible abuse that any one Steelhead fisherman can dish out. With that being said, its not that I purposely destroyed these. I didn't always have time to send them in for repair, anyone who's anyone in the winter Steelhead game knows the battle of aggressive weather fronts and severe water fluctuation. When the bites on, the bites on. I'm not about to miss an opportunity to catch because of a gear issue.
When you break down the cost of a wader consider a few things, Dollar to Hour ratio is the best description.. The amount of time being strapped in so to speak. These waders are my body armor, words straight from Simms.." They aren't body armor Erick" Lets just agree to disagree.
Withstanding wet and dry, sub zero temperatures, Sand, snow and everything else in between. Basically everything the Oregon weather can dish out.
On the river chasing Steelhead is a passion of mine. Simms have definitely past the test of time, these waders haven't skipped a beat.... The AquaSeal is ridiculous on these, its not the prettiest repair but it gets the job done... I cant wait to get a new pair of the G4's ill put them to the test.
P.S the days marked 2,243 is just an estimate..not actual documented fishing time......
Having a healthy Salmon population, in turn supports healthy surrounding wild life. It's cool to see the animals, or even just the tracks. I hope to see bears fishing down here some day, I imagine there used to be many bears on the water throughout the seasons. Salmon used to be the most valuable food source for many different species throughout the Columbia Gorge and entire West Coast. Honestly I'm surprised that the bears could even stay alive with out Salmon being a huge portion of their diet, With that being said and all the hunting every year, it really is awesome to see that some still remain.