I finally made it out to the Sky in search of Steelhead. My goal was to explore every facet of the Skykomish from Big Eddie to Reiter Highway side. I wasn't sure how far this was, but somehow I found a complete day for this and darned if I was going to pass that up. It would be considered a day of training to prepare for the hiking season ahead. The river was amazingly low, and waders really were not needed. I had them on anyway, and yes, it was a little warm. You could leap-frog across rocks, and they were not even slippery. That is until my boots were wet, then the rocks became dangerously slick! I had a nasty fall when I first discovered this. Fortunately only a flesh wound. I fished behind every possible rock or holding place. One rod was rigged for floating a bobber, the other rod was set up for casting lures. I hit all lanes with the bobber and jigs, yarny, shrimp tipped, without, night crawler. I casted spinners when possible. No bites, no fish seen. I had the river all to myself for at least 3 hours. Beautiful day, but that water was so low. Tough to imagine a steelhead even making it through some shallow sections. They must be holding up somewhere down stream in pools...? I had one more fall. This time I was under tree canopy and when I lunged forward, the net in my pack caught the tree above and there was nowhere to go but down. With rods in my left hand, fortunately my right hand was free and I caught myself horizontal on a large rock. Good thing I had all those years of one handed pushups. Ha ha. Bruised my arm and hand a little. Cracked my iphone display. It was in my front pocket. Scraped my knee, but no worries. I am not someone who falls, so this was unusual.
I made my destination at Highway side, but was exhausted. I took the road back to Big Eddie. The entire journey took me about 7 hours.