|A nice Williamson River rainbow|
The instigator was the group's president Dale Zemke. Dale is a kayak fly angler who has roots down south and has fished with the great Jim Sammons, a pioneer in kayak fishing.
Dale contacted me earlier this year and plans were made for a two-day trip that included a talk to the group and some fishing on the Williamson. The Williamson is a storied river and since I had never fished it, I couldn't refuse the offer.
I looked forward to the trip for more than a month and when the day came, I left Portland and drove through the rain more than five hours. On the way I stopped in at Odell Lake to try for some kokanee. The wind and rain made short work of that and I was off the water in a couple hours. As it turned out, I should have launched at Princess Creek on the east side since the wind was much calmer.
I arrived at in time for a fabulous dinner with Dale and his wife, Jack and his wife and John and Lois Krueger of Time Flies Outfitters. The company, food and wine was fabulous.
The next morning I enjoyed a productive day on the Williamson with John and Jack, landing four rainbows over 20 inches including one approaching 8 pounds. As I was watching the water and casting from John's Clackacraft, I kept thinking this would be great in the Pro Angler. I took several videos with the new Drift Ghost POV cams and put together a video - click here or see below.
We finished the day about 2 p.m. and headed back to the house. I was the featured speaker that night so I needed to clean up.
About 50 people showed up for the meeting including 8 to 10 new folks interested in kayak fly fishing. My talk lasted about 45 minutes and I believe most found it entertaining since I received applause at the end and had several people ask me more about the sport.
Having a my Hobie Revo 13 at the front of the room helped. The next day I headed out with the goal of fishing the blue hole on the Williamson. Using the Revo, I soon realized how much I missed my PA.
Because I only had a claw anchor and the side anchor trolley, I decided it would be safer to backtroll through the hole since it was full of downed logs and car-sized boulders. It took me about an hour to settle in and I had one take over the next hour. I left the water about noon anticipating my drive home would be wetter than the drive over.
The entire trip was wonderful and I am already trying to figure out how to get back. I think a spring trip may be in order so I can get into some of those kokanee.