Fly fishing success for chinook salmon is never really a sure bet. After a decent but spotty season of recreational trolling in the bays, reports from the coastal rivers were grim: extremely low river levels and general closures of some fisheries until significant rains come had many anglers calling a pass. Plus, steelheading around home was still decent.
But for those who believe, there is always hope. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been mining some chomers out of the limited areas not closed as we await the rains that will (hopefully) come. With the return of the Kings, the hogline has been steadily thickening. Now, as we sit back and pray for rain, let’s look back at some of the under-the-radar moments enjoyed by those who put faith before logic and cast their hope into the chromer soup.