My wife Barb, Mulligan and I had the pleasure of fishing some of the best Georgian Bay tributaries with Darryl Penhale.
Our day started at 3:15am packing our fishing gear in our car, in the rain! The rain just kept coming and eventually we literally were soaked by 11am. The weather though did not put a hamper on our fishing. Within 5 min. of getting set-up and drifting the first pool I landed a nice male steelhead that took an egg-sack drifted under my 4-gram float.
In addition to fishing with Darryl, we also had the pleasure to fish with Ryan, his Randy, and their friend Brandon. The action was hot and fast and we all caught fish.
Brandon started walking the stream and literally hooked a fish in every run and pool he tossed his egg-sack in.
Randy (Ryan’s father), holds up a bright silver female steelhead which he hooked after waiting patiently for us to finish fishing the same pool.
Based on the late spring, cold, high water, Darryl decided we should fish some of the upper stretches of the Georgian Bay tributaries figuring there would be lot’s of fish still waiting to spawn, and he was right. I purposely took twoRapala drift outfit, an 11′ Rapala R-Type rod (for some of the smaller, heavily treed tributaries), loaded with a Rapala Set-back drift reel, and a 13′ Shift drift rod outfit rigged with a Rapala R-Type float reel to fish some of the larger waters like the Nottowasaga River.
I loaded the float reels with 8 lb test Sufix Tritanium yellow main line with a 6 lb test Fluorocarbon leader. My choice of hook was a #10 Gamakatsu Octopus hook baited with a freshly tied trout egg-sack.
We ended up moving around and fishing 3-different tributaries and all produced fish. As you can see from the image above water was high (flooded), and still very cold. This meant the fish were dispersed throughout the tributaries and we had to cover more water to find them.
Above, Barb carefully crosses on of the tributaries with the aid of a long stick (organic wading staff!!). We were well already from the rain, but going for a swim was not really in our itinerary!
Barb smiles as she holds up a bright, fresh-run steelhead that was holding in the fast run.
I’m really looking forward to the next 6-weeks since I think there will be some excellent steelhead fishing to be had until the air temperatures rise along with water temperatures and the steelhead return to the Great Lakes!