Words and Photos: Copi Vojta
Here in the Northwest, we’ve had much colder temperatures recently, and the majority of the precipitation is falling as snow. Powder hounds are happy, as are anglers. With cold temperatures come stable river flows and fishable conditions. Last winter was warm and all of the water flowed downhill to the ocean, leaving little in frozen form to feed the rivers over the summer months. The drought in Western Washington was officially lifted sometime last week.
I’m lucky enough to play hooky from the office and spend time on the water when I do. Recently I met with TFFJ contributors Bobby Foster and Jason Lee Rolfe. It was very wet and I saw snowflakes in Washington for the first time since I moved here. They were slushy and melted as soon as they landed, but fell slower than raindrops so I called them snowflakes. Anytime you meet up and camp in adverse conditions is fun when the company is nice, no matter the fishing.
In the morning we walked forty minutes and saw grouse, deer, erosion and fog and someone beat us to the run. That was a hard walk back to the truck, but before that happened, we ran into friends from Wild Steelhead Coalition and laughing on the bank made the little fishing worth it. We explored a bit for the rest of the day, finding epic trash piles in the woods and a few char in the river. I am utterly amazed that certain members of American society think it an approproate act to dump their garbage in the woods.
Keep scrolling for a handful of photos from the weekend.
Foggy Walk In
Sun Saying Hi
Gravel Bar Moves
Foster Checking The Rig
Epic Trash Piles
Epic Boat in the Woods