I was scheduled to fish with Mia Sheppard and Jenn Mitchell on the lower Deschutes the following day. Mia and Jenn both own and operate fly fishing guide services in Oregon and Washington (Little Creek Outfitters and The Evening Hatch). Our original plan had been to float the Klickitat river across the border in Washington with Jenn as our guide. But the recent spell of hot weather called for Plan B. The Klick could blow at any moment. Mia suggested an area called Kloan on the lower Deschutes. The 3 of us would just meet up and fish.
|The Steelhead sistas! (Jenn, Hyun, and Mia :)|
There was 1 other vehicle there when we arrived. 2 guys were camped out by the river near the parking area. They were up, drinking coffee, and walking around in just their tighty whities. I'm sure the last thing they expected to see early that morning was 3 flygirls getting out of an SUV, donning waders, and rigging up their rods ;). They disappeared from view momentarily and emerged shortly afterwards fully dressed and very curious about who we were. They were very sweet. Apparently they've been coming to the Deschutes to fish for over 20 years. Thanks to them, we have a picture of the steelhead sistas :).
|The lower Deschutes, Kloan.|
We hiked back to the car. By some miracle, Jenn had cell service. She heard that the Klick was still fishable (1-2 feet of visibility), so we made our way out of the Kloan and drove over to the Washington side of the Columbia river. Mia would join us later after she took care of some pressing work emails and phone calls. Jenn and I drove upriver, stopping along the way to check out conditions. As we went further upstream, Jenn noticed the water clarity deteriorating. So we drove back down river and managed to fish a couple of spots before we had to call it a day. It sure would have been fun if one of us had hooked a "hot" Klickitat steelhead. But I still had a great time with my steelhead sisters! Hope to fish with them again next time I'm out west.