Out & About

2017-02-15

ASSAULT ON THE QUINAULT! 

One of the perks to building #fishing #boats is that once in a while you get an invite to go fishing with some very good #fisherman! Well, a few years ago, Richie Underwood who operates Assault on the Quinault guide service asked us about building him the ultimate #Quinault River #jet boat that would accommodate several #anglers and long #fly rods (spey rods). We thought heck yeah! So, after details and configurations were discussed, Richie ended up with an incredible boat that he could operate in for all seasons whether fishing for #fall #salmon or #winter #steelhead. Richie has been super busy and extremely successful over his career and has made quite a name for himself, especially in the fly fishing world. Knowing this, when Richie invites you to come fish the Quinault for its famous big #hatchery steelhead, you don’t think about it, you just go! We planned a trip over to the Quinault with him and a few days before we were to fish, warmer temperatures, rain and snowmelt nearly knocked the #river out of commission all together. Richie told us there would still be a slight chance of hooking into a fish or two so we decided to take him up on that opportunity. We all jumped in the truck and Grant Wooldridge, Jared Dunning, Danny Cook and Richard Ro were heading over, hades or high #water, literally! Richie was right and upon first glance, the river looked nearly blown out. With a foot to maybe a foot and a half of visibility to work with and zero #gravel bars, we stepped into his #Wooldridge #Alaskan XL and motored away from the ramp. If at all else, It would be a beautiful day anyway. We ran up river armed with floats and heavy terminal tackle for slow fishing close to the bank and first pass thru, bam! Danny was into a hot steelhead that ran under an overhanging mess of #underwater branches where it miraculously came free and eventually was lead into the net. The skunk was not to be a part of this day and life was good. Next, up, drifting thru a slowish #tailout, Grant struck steel and pinned a hot #jumping #hen that while being a little colored from its long journey in the river, it still took the prize for best #fight of the day! She earned her stripes and Grant placed here back in the #water to do her thing. Grant then #hooked into a #chrome rocket that he claims was as long as his leg before it got the best of him and pulled free of the #hook, darnit! Jared was next and with the direction from our pro #guide and an extremely long #cast, another beauty hit the deck of Richie’s #Wooly! What an awesome day and surprisingly productive considering the adverse water conditions to contend with. We could only imagine what this day would have been like had Mother Nature decided to cooperate with our calendar. From the boys at Wooldridge Boats, a monster thank you is in order for taking us fishing. Richie Underwood is the man! Richie can be reached at 360.590.6444 but don’t call him unless you don’t want to have a memorable day #catching big beautiful steelhead that rival all others!

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Grant Wooldridge strikes steel!

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Jared Dunning with a dime bright steely!

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Danny Cook with a piggish hen.

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The boys and their two steel head with professional guide Richie Underwood.



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