Today I finally began my summer steelhead season on my home river, the North Umpqua. It was so nice being back after a six week departure. I'll still be doing smallmouth bass trips on the mainstem Umpqua and summer steelhead and trout trips on the upper McKenzie and upper Willamette, but its so nice to be back on the North Umpqua. After the season ended late last October I didn't think summer would ever return. We had a great day but didn't raise any fish. The river is still high with snow melt and runoff, but thats good for the fish and the outlook for the rest of the summer is excellent.
The folks at Steamboat Inn (http://www.thesteamboatinn.com/) are interested in hearing from any of my guests who stay at the Inn. They are considering making a change to the way they do dinners at the inn. Every summer it seems just as the sun has left the canyon and the river falls completely into shade, its time to run the guests back to the inn for their 8:00 p.m. dinner. We always seem to miss that magic last hour of daylight when so many grabs occur. We've always kind of snivled about having to leave at such a great time to be on the water. So the great folks at the Inn are trying to figure out a way to serve dinner to the guests who want to eat earlier than 8:00 p.m. as well as be able to let us guides stay out later with the guests who want to swing flies and twitch skaters when the bats are flitin' around. So let them know your thoughts. Its a great opportunity to make the Inn an even more special place for everyone.