|What I was after.|
Tom McGuane (via Steve Bodio) wrote "Shoptalk is lyrical." Here's the technical details for them that likes them. I was casting a 5wt 11 foot Z-axis switch rod loaded with a Scientific Anglers 280 gr Extreme Skagit head with a 10' Airflow Salmon/Steelhead fast sinking polyleader with a bit more than a foot of 15 lb. tippet attached to a streamer. My running line is the yellow Airflow Ridge. This is all spooled on an old Lamson LP4 which really needs to be replaced; if the reel gets wet the drag slips or even goes free spool and the spool occasionally spontaneously falls off. The orange Skagit head is 18' long. I feel like I'd cast it a bit better when I'm not in deep if was a couple of feet longer - but I do pretty well with it. Although I am no expert, I can Spey cast a lightly weighted streamer far further with this rig than I can with a 9 foot 8 wt. rod. For this kind of fishing I far prefer fishing the 5 weight switch rod to my 14 foot 9 weight Spey rod though that works too.
I caught one big brown, a few smaller ones and a decent rainbow. I went for a big brown and was completely satisfied to have caught one: you can't always get what you want. The take was textbook perfect - the fish took a white marabou streamer I was swinging in classic Salmon/Steelhead fishing style. Jeff netted it for me and took a photo. By then I was anxious to release it so it could continue the sexual business it was there for - and so I did not measure it. I'd guess it was a 26 or 27 inch fish. Jeff hooked up more than once but did not land one.
No snow up there yet - a shocking continuation of the current drought conditions. People all over, even those who don't much like snow, are wishing we'd get some.