It is, however, a price we will gladly dole out any day for the reward. With this in mind we set our sites on some "shot in the dark" "off the grid" locale. I had longed to explore these waters but lacked the much needed kick in the pants. Today was to be the day and under the cover of darkness we found ourselves on the back roads of the county. Soon we were meandering down leaf covered lane ways manipulating the tight quarters until we reached the river access.
We managed to be alone on a stellar run in Ontario during prime steelheading season. It didn't take long for the first float to disappear. I soon found myself fighting the first fish of the 2012 season. It was a reward unparalleled as it validated the effort and confirmed a hunch. Soon Gene found his own validation and continued to do so for the remainder of the morning. It was a gift to watch him dole his craft and actually smile. These outings are an escape and can even be classified as therapy. All said and done we both put a few fish on the bank heavily slanted in Noland's favour. I was happy for him but suspect not as happy as he was judging from the evil grins. It's game on now. Between Ontario and Michigan there will be plenty of opportunity. Let the rains come. Let Mother Nature bring her fury. We are ready, willing, and quite able... It's steelheading season 2012.