Winter fishing doesn't EVER get much better than this! We fished with Kevin Davis of Catch-The-Drift on both the 13th and 14th. Thursday we spent the whole day on the Oswego enjoying some of the best winter Steelhead fishing that I have ever experienced. We each had more than 20 hookups and we boated more than 6 over 10 lbs, the biggest was 14lb. And the rest were as feisty as they get!
Friday was a bit different as we spent the morning on Cayuga Lake trolling for Browns and Atlantic Salmon. What a kick! Although we stopped counting, we had between 60-80 hookups, with numerous doubles and triples! We even caught 2 of the largest Atlantics (about 4 lbs) on my 3wt fly rod using a Pearl Zonker streamer - pretty funny to see a fly rod in the rod holder, with 90 feet of fly line stretched out in front of the boat. Every time the fly rod got a hit it would be 20 yards into the backing before we could get it out of the rod holder to set the hook! Fighting a 4lb Atlantic on a 3 wt fly rod was pure fun!
Then it was back to the big "O" to test out my new center pin setup, a 13' Loomis GLX Light Rod with a Arnold Kingpin reel courtesy of Kevin's buddy Andy. What a great combo, and the fish liked it too!
Finally, we spent 2 hours Saturday morning fishing the Sandy. We had it all to ourselves and the fish rewarded us with 5 nice hookups! My first steelhead broke off just above the swivel about 90 seconds into the fight, I lost the second after 20 seconds and landed a domestic Rainbow about 2” too short just before we left. Bob landed his first one and had the second one pull out. Still a very nice morning! What a trip!