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Now that the weather is cooling down the red sea trips will become more frequent. we went again last thursday and although the fishing was shitty i still managed a couple of fish, not sure the species though. on a positive note, one of the guys wagered me 100 saudi rhiyal that he would catch the first, the most and the biggest fish, my wallet is heavier now. once again it was the usual getting loopy, bbqing, snorkling and fishing. until this coming thursday.........
The drive down to the red sea went pretty well, but once we got there it went to hell. we were heading to the same spot that we camped at last time but it seemed the sand on the dirt road in had gotten deeper and i ended up being the first one stuck. the 2 cars in front of me made it to the spot but i did not. luckily some guys with 4x drive hooked me up and after a bit finally got me un-stuck. at that point we decided we would drive bout a 1/2 hour further down the beach. once i was out trent and zach walked back to their cars so that we could head out. well trent was the first to get stuck coming out and then right behind him zach got stuck. these guys that helped me out were now working overtime to get trent and zach un-stuck. seems like 3 cars took about an hour of our daylight away. things are always tougher when the same language isn't being spoken but we all managed. off we went to the other beach. this was much nicer. cleaner, the dirt roads in were very compact and nobody around. as soon as we got things set up, i rigged up with a chartreuse/white clouser and waded out to the reef. at this point i was just hoping to catch any sort of fish but of course hoping for some decent sized fish. i caught a couple of small fish and then headed to camp to get some food going. i had just bought a small cheap grill and didn't even bother putting the legs on it so it just sat in the sand. as we are cooking we are getting pretty toasted and when the food was done i had slid my grill out of the way and due to my inebriated state i wasn't thinking and stepped right where my grill had been cooking and burnt the shit out of the bottom of my foot. pain like i hadn't felt before. i grabbed some water and tried to cool down the sand there and once the water hit the sand it started singeing, that's how hot that was. after a bit the saudi coast guard showed up to get our info., how many people, nationality, man/woman, how long staying, etc. that was a real treat to be out of our minds and trying to communicate with saudi's that weren't speaking any english, we got it done though. once i woke up i grabbed my still rigged rod and managed to catch a few more fish. they all looked almost like the same species but maybe different sub-species.
I've been on a salt binge lately but not familiar with the patterns. i've ordered a butt load more shit so should be able to crank out a much bigger variety when the shipment arrives. until then it's been a lot of clousers and some random shit.
Since i am in saudi arabia for the year i won't have a chance to use up my streamers so i've got a year to replenish any stock that i need to. while i'm here i am going to focus on trout streamers, musky/pike flies, salt water patterns and a few lake streamers. there should be one or two opportunities for me to get out to the red sea to see what i can come up with and i due get a vacation at about my 6 month mark where i'll be going back to utah but other then that the fishing will be bleek. my goal is to have my dining room table completely filled with flies at some point here.
The last couple of days the river had come up a bit and muddied. i took a gamble after work and drove to check it out. i was relieved to see the clarity so i drove to spot and rigged up. a smaller white streamer was driving them crazy and that made the action fast and furious. i managed 2 fish that measured 19" and a few that were 16-18"'s. the weather was a bit overcast and a light sprinkle was present for awhile. the fishing was pretty good for the 2 hrs that i fished.
After work i hooked up with jon. my hopes weren't very high that we'd have a place on the river to fish since as we drove all we saw was muddy waters. once we got above the apparent source we found an access point with nobody on it. the fishing was pretty good for myself but jon did not fair so well. he finally did get off the snide though. most of the fish landed were 17-18 inches but i did manage one that was 21". i did not see this fish take cause as my fly had finished it's swing and was sitting in about 6" of water i turned to talk to jon and the big female nailed my streamer. after we finished that section of river we drove down a bit lower and fished new water to both of us and it totally sucked. that's the way it goes sometimes.
I was fortunate enough to encourage the wife to join me on the river. she enjoys coming out with me but usually only when it is really warm. the weather wasn't to bad today, but not as warm as she generally likes it. i took her someplace she'd never been, it is my favorite place in utah to fish. the fishing was pretty good and she was even wiling to place a caddis larva on her tongue for a quick photo. i don't know why i asked her to do it but i did and she did. it was another enjoyable day with my wife.