Thanks again for a great fishing experience on Saturday. We had a great
time and really appreciated your advice and help. I have enclosed photos
from today. We fished where you suggested, using the rigs you recommended
and once again proved the adage that 10 percent of the fishermen catch
(well, at least hook 'em when it comes to steelheads!!!) 90 percent of the
fish. Some photos are included. Please let me know if you cannot open
We fished from about 6:45 to 11:30 this morning. I hooked 7 and landed
three, PJ had a more difficult day, hooking 7, but only landed one.
However, he got beat up by two very large steelheads, who both decided to
head toward Lake Ontario when he hooked them!!! Our day was by far the best
day at the parking lot. Thanks again for the tip on where to fly fish.
(Actually not really sure that the "chuck and duck" techniques we were
using, especially with your weight system, would make into Fly Fisherman
magazine, but we did catch steelheads!!!)
I think PJ and I graduated from George O'Brien's Steelhead High School after
this weekend!!!! Looking forward to "graduate work" in January or February
and "Post Doc" work in April.
Take care and have a great Thanksgiving and wonderful holidays, especially
with the new grandbaby!!
Jeb and PJ.
A once in a life-time event=A double Rainbow!!
What a wonderful day on the river. Thanks for a terrific
and I both had days to remember. Thanks again for being such an
excellent guide. Here are a few photos of the day. It may take more
than one email..
Ben and Lisa
I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and advice last Friday. To refresh your memory, I was the tender-foot out there with no chance of catching anything until you pulled me aside, gave me some advice, reworked my rig, and showed me the technique. I must say, after taking probably 500 casts that day with no hook-ups, and then watching you get a fish on in one cast with my rod, was one of the most amazing things I have seen, and I've told the story about a dozen times since.
About a half hour after you left, I landed my first King. The next day, I hooked into some other nice Kings up in the upper-fly section and, well, I guess I'm hooked.
Thank you again. I will certainly recommend your guide services to anyone interested in fishing the Salmon River.
David B Weden, CFA
I wanted to thank you for helping to make my first experience on the
Salmon River, a great one! You went above and beyond the call of duty,
by loaning me gear and making sure I had the right fiy, etc. I expected
a couple of pointers here and there but thanks to you and of course our
mutual friend, Doc. Al Covitz, I had a great time and felt right at
home with your party of fishermen! I didn't even mind getting my chops
busted! If I ever decide to fish in that area again, without the
company of Al Covitz; I'll look you up and maybe you'll be able to
recommend a great fishing guide!
Just kidding, your the man!!!!
Let me first say that Brian and I had an amazing time fishing with you on Saturday. The boat ride, the holes we fished, the teaching, the conversation and stories, and of course the fish added up to one of my favorite days in nearly 20 years of visits to the Salmon river. We�ll definitely come fishing with you again sometime, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Regards, Mike Rohan
A heart felt thank you for a great fishing and learning experience. All of your skills got tested by a novice on a slow day. You rose to the occasion and promised the fish would too, and they did. Thanks to your great advice and generous spirit, it was a day to remember, forever.
Best wishes to and the family.
George-I just saw the photo of Mickey and his fish with me in the
background. Man you're quick! Just a short note of thanks for
spending so much time with me today, I truly appreciate it. Even
though my feet still tingle I had a wonderful time and look forward to
going with you again. You made a miserably cold day enjoyable. I
learned from you and had fun. Looking forward to doing it again in
Headmaster of GOSAF (George O'Brien school of fishing)-- I don't care what
your friends at All-Seasons say, you are a fine man. (Just teasing) And, you
deserve a promotion! Today was magical for me -- being with you was the
starter, and it got better as time passed! I learned more about the rhythm of
the fish in the river, and I sampled another fishing technique under the
guidance of the master.
Looking forward to the future: would you please let me know what Tuesdays and Wednesdays are already booked in mid to late September?
Happy New Year and best wishes for the new year for you and your family.
PS -- you should also open a school for aspiring chefs. I will try the vodka sauce soon and report back.
Solitude and Steelhead!!!
We all had a GREAT time. You guys turned a tough,
"nothing" day into a fruitful fishing trip. I think
Pastor Sang is still taking it all in and "reflecting"
on the whole trip - learning to handle a rod and
cast (thanks to you) and experiencing sleeping in one
room with a bunch of snoring, snorting and farting
The Prime Rib dinner (at the 1880 House)was AMAZING! - Huge 1"+ cuts of
Rib done just right with double-stuffed potatoe and
baked acorn squash with brown sugar and butter - some
of our absolute favorites.
Chocolate Cake and Apple Pie (that we pitched in) was
the dessert. There were 20 people there enjoying this.
Next time, you'll need to join us and dinner's on us -
Prof Geo -- Thank you for such a wonderful day on Thursday. Even though the rain was pouring and the river gushing, we had a great time being with you and learning more about the river. I will never forget gliding down the river in the dark -- it was magical.
Prof. George -- wanted to thank you for the wonderful two days this past
week. As I told Emil and Greg, these were the best two days of fishing I have
ever had. I am blessed to have this opportunity to be in the outdoors with
such a fine gentleman as you. I am constantly learning from you about fishing
and life. Thanks for being such a great professor. Mike from Ithaca.
BTW, I noticed your fishing successes on Thursday and Friday. From the pictures it looks like you fished somewhere else than the.............!!!
Tara and I had a terrific time on the Salmon River with you on Friday. The river, weather and your guiding were just fabulous.
Attached are three photos from our day on the river. The first photo is of you guiding Tara on the subtleties of fighting and landing a King. The second is of Tara holding her first salmon. A strong and healthy King, fresh from the lake. Lastly, not to be out done by Tara, is a photo of me holding my first solo Coho (caught Saturday morning right across from where you and I discussed).
I hope you have a great season and look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.
John w/ a early Sept . King Salmon!
Thanks for the most incredible day of fishing I have ever had. My son and
brother in law are convinced that you possess magical powers with the advice
you give and the way you put us right on fish! I've read many posts, on
numerous board's, about people hooking so many fish that their arms got
tired and thought it was just an exaggeration. But you had us on so many
fish, by the end of the day we were completely worn out! I probably hooked
close to 30 fish, and landed about half of them. My son and brother in law
each hooked close to 20, landing 7 or 8. And neither of them had ever been
salmon fishing before. My intent was to give them a good first experience,
but you have created 2 more angler's with a passion for salmon fishing.
Since we travel up from North Carolina, it's nice to know that, with you,
we'll have a successful trip.
See you again this year,
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