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Lower Sac: , by Luke Geraty: Challenging. Brutal. Windy.: 2 stars

The wind on the Lower Sac yesterday was brutal, but my guests decided that they'd rather be on the river than the office. You have to admire that level of commitment to fly fishing even though we kept chuckling throughout the day about how crazy we were. Days like yesterday are how memories are made. There were gusts that approached mach 2.5 but we were able to get out of the wind in some spots and fished (and rowed!) hard all day. While the fishing was challenging and the wind was ferocious, we had grabs from a surprising amount of fish given the circumstances. Once the wind died down and we got into some fishy water, we had grabs. When the wind gusts were blowing, we were pretty much just on a boat ride. Steve brought a really nice 18+ inch fish to the net but right before it made it INSIDE the net, the hooked popped out and we watched it slowly swim away. The collective sigh in the boat was heard across the globe. Later, on the second half of our float, we hooked another really nice fish that swam from one side of the boat, down river, and then switched gears and went back up the river as if it were headed for Keswick Dam! Sadly, we broke off and I can't type the words we said when that happened but we were super bummed and frustrated. You have to take advange of every fish you hook on tough days like that, so every fish that gets away feels like a personal slight. Steve remarked about how difficult those big fish are when you're used to catching smaller trout, but truth be told, even if you are used to catching big ones, those fish are smart and know just how to push you to the limits... which is to say that we lose big ones regularly because they don't get big if they are stupid! These black and white photos kind of give a good feel for the brutality of the wind, but we had a really fun time getting out of the city office and enjoying nature's office. I'm heading over to the Trinity tomorrow so hopefully the conditions improve a bit and we get into some chrome. Catch you on the flippity flip...

A handful of trout below the Sundial Bridge
A handful of trout below the Sundial Bridge
Egg eater.
Egg eater.
Next 10 open days for Luke Geraty: Jun 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 20, 21, 23, 28, 29
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