Eastern Washington Fall

My son-in-law has been teaching me about salmon and steelhead fishing in and around the Tri-Cities.  Friday we spent the day bank fishing at Ringold Creek in the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River.  The target was steelhead which have recently returned to the hatchery.  We fished the seam below the confluence of the creek and river with various steelhead flies.  I started rigged with egg flies below a indicator like we fished the Lake Ontario tribs.  There were salmon rolling and jumping everywhere and the boat fisherman seemed to be have a great day hooking up with these dark Chinook.  I switched to swinging streamers and bright steelhead flies while Nate pulled out his spinning rod and large spinners with which he has been successful this season landing several salmon.  As the picture below proves the spinners work on steelies, as well.

Nate Boggs with Columbia River (hatchery) steelhead.
Nate Boggs with Columbia River (hatchery) steelhead.

Nate steelhead Ringold 101615_2

You have to love sunny fall days in the Columbia Basin.

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