Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Steelhead Conversion


Happy New Year grousers! I had a minor conversion last Sunday. That's right, I went fishing on Elk Creek, a tributary of Lake Erie that is loaded with steelhead. The water was perfect, and the spawning fish were everywhere. I really enjoyed being able to see the two to three foot fish in the narrow confines of the creek. Sight fishing, if that is what it is called, is a lot like hunting. In the words of my son, "My likes it." I'm convinced that I would have been better off with a fly rod than my spinning combination, but I can't deny being handicapped by my own limited skills. I lost quite a few fish and managed to land my one trophy in the waning minutes of the day: a beautiful 25" male who has been reduced to two fat filets, curing in sea salt, sugar, pepper and coriander seed. He'll be absorbing applewood smoke in a few hours, when I return from chasing grouse in last night's fresh snow. What a great way to start the new year. May your new year be filled with all that brings meaning to this world: family, career, hunting, fishing and gravlox (append or rearrange this list to fit your own aspirations)!

PS, I clipped the picture off of a random internet site (alas I had no camera on Sunday), but the fish and background aren't far from what I experienced.

6 comments:

KGT said...

Sweet! I agree with your feelings about sight fishing being like hunting...it's why I enjoy dry fly fishng.

You coming up here for ducks?

Dr. Dirt said...

Keith!

I'm going to try to come up Thursday night, if work permits. Kelly changed her return flight to Saturday. So I will need to be back in State College by late afternoon. Things are a bit iffy, but I'm going to try to be there.

Kelly said...

my flight was always for the 5th!!

I should have left the camera with you.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Dirt forgot to mention the other two us that came along. Of course we netted a bakers dozen between us... and have the pics to prove it. They await developing.

btw the fish were delicious.

-Lou

Dr. Dirt said...

Wives should not be reading this blog.

Kelly said...

but they do anyway....