On August 12, 2017, I headed up to the Oregon border to catch a Warner Lakes redband. It’s beautiful up there!

It was a tough go at first since I had plenty of strikes but nothing that really ate the various colors and types of flies I presented. I walked up and down the creek trying deep pool after deep pool. After 5 hours I changed plans and fished the upper part of the creek which has smaller feeder creeks with slower-moving water. This is where I finally landed a redband! I snapped a pic, released it, and took a deep sigh of relief… Persistence paid off!

And wouldn’t you know it, just a few minutes later in the same spot another healthy-sized fish, though slightly smaller than the first, took my fly. With this one I captured a short video of the release:

See a Warner Lakes Redband Released