Earlier this month, we got an email from Pete, one of the Caddis Fly’s customers, about an awesome fish story. Check out the email, pasted below with a photo.
Hey guys, my name is Pete C. and I’m a regular customer at the Caddis Fly in Eugene for the last eight years. I just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you for the absolutely professional and courteous help you’ve offered me over the years. I have been assisted with numerous purchases including two rods, a reel, waders, boots, and countless flies, fly-tying materials, boxes, gloves, and great conversation. I have gradually become a more successful fly fisherman, including steelhead, bull trout, brown trout, and beautiful rainbow trout throughout Oregon’s scenic and ahh- inspiring fisheries- in large part to simple discussions about entomology and fish behavior at your store. So, with that being said I wanted to share a super cool fish story…
The first week in March, my brother and I went to the Hileman tributary of the main stem Willamette off river road close to where I live. It was partly sunny, around 60 degrees- the warmest day of year. We had some success on caddis emergers- I made my way upstream and found a sweet riffle diving into a large holding pool where I landed a couple nice rainbows on the same pattern. Then out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a fish slurp a mayfly of the surface, then another- so I casted my dry fly caddis emerger to it and on the second cast I hooked in to a 30 inch 8 lb hatchery steelhead with my four weight Sage 490i rod and tapered 5x tippet line!! 20 min. later I landed it and took these pictures!!! Sweet!!!! Thanks for all your help and annual free beer!!
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