Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dear Klickitat

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of exploring a river that I've somehow managed to ignore in the last 3 years: The Klickitat.  Mostly I haven't wanted to buy a Washington license ($28.00 for a day license!) as well as the thirty dollar discovery pass to park along the water.  Well that, and the fact that the Deschutes has completely and utterly captured my attention.

But as much as I hate to admit it, I think shelling out the bucks for an annual WA license may be in my future...

Why?  Because the Klickitat is magnificent water for the fly angler.  There is abundant pocket water for the nymph and bobber as well as broad tailouts and boulder gardens that beg to be swung with a small spey or switch rod.  So much so, that I can't imagine bringing only one rod to this river.

In addition to exploring new water on a new river I also got to fish with someone that is more dedicated to the swung fly than myself.  Said someone is David Nakamoto-- pictured above with a heavy fish on the line several minutes prior to an early escape.

I definitely enjoy swinging flies but I just don't have the confidence in it's fish catching ability as I do in the dead drifted fly.  Due to this lack of confidence, I also don't have an arsenal of flies that I have faith in.  I've gotten plenty of grabs and pulls but always on a different fly and in different conditions.  So when I open my fly box fully of swinging flies I generally have no idea what to tie on.

But I have to admit it's so much more fun to cast than to lob.  "Lob" being the verb I'd consider synonymous with "cast" when comparing a well executed snap T to the water-loaded wide open loop I'd send out when using a heavy 3-fly rig.

So maybe next time I'll swing flies for 50% of the time instead of 20%.  And maybe next time I'll find a fish willing to eat that fly.  But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  This was supposed to be about a river not a casting style.  In summary:

Dear Klickitat,

I hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards,

Brian J.


Millsy said...

As a former dedicated nyphmer , I can tell you the path of enlightenment lays in the swing. Great blog man! Keep it going

Brian J. said...

Millsy-- I've been trying to see it as a tool in the toolbox and stay away from the "spey or die" sort of mindset. But, of course, as it stands now it's a tool that needs more developing...

Uplandish said...

The Tat is worth it for swinging.
FWIW I believe you should get a complimentary ( if not complimentary then only $10.00) parking permit with your non resident fishing license that will cover you for discover pass parking in most areas. Its the people that don't buy hunting or fishing licenses that are required to get a discover pass. And if all else fails a day long discover pass is only $10.00. WA is rough on us out of staters for licenses, they make it so confusing you end up spending a lot more money than you need to if you aren't paying attention.

Mr. P. said...

Good stuff, Brian.

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