We’re up to 14 emails in this particular chain this morning, and I suspect there’s going to be at least three more from Andy Schneider over the coming hour or two.
They will say this:
“Two more to go to limit out the boat!”
“One more to go to limit out the boat!”
“Done and on the way back to the ramp!!!”
He and his crew have found what you might term “some really good steelheading” right at the mouth of the Cowlitz this morning.
“7.4 feet of water, 24-inch dropper, 60-inch leader, #4 Spin-N-Glo and coon shrimp,” he reported at 8:46 a.m.
Officially, he, wife Missy, son Ayden and family friend Brenda Skinner, are now — at 11:58 a.m. — 5 for 8, with one of the three on the righthand side of the column being a wild steelhead that was released.
They’re on the “downhill” side of a limit of eight hatchery summer-runs for four anglers.
(And, oh, yes, I have reserved my spot in the boat for a trip right after all these !@#$!@#$!#@!$#!%$^!@#%$ magazines are done and gone to print.)
Here are pics from the slaughter:
Post script 1: I was wrong about how that next email would come in. Being on deadline and Not Needing Distractions, I warned Andy I was going to put him in my spam folder.
He replied: “You really don’t want to see Ayden’s 2nd fish then….”
I clicked on it …
Postscript 2: OK, the latest update from Andy is about how I thought it might go:
“Just 1 fish left!” he emailed to say as Missy just punched out.
Postscript 3: He was down to just one rod, but it was in the right spot. At 1:55 p.m. I got the final triumphant email:
And just to make it official, count the chrome up for yourself:
Schneider reports sitting on the pick in the same spot the entire trip: