Deeter: The Perfect "10" Fishing Day

I've spent the last several days on an amazing adventure on Kodiak Island in Alaska. Based at Kodiak Legends Lodge ( in Larsen Bay, Conway Bowman (author of the upcoming upcoming Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly Fishing), Chris Santella (author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, among others), a movie crew, and I have done everything from fly around in a deHavilland Beaver, to chasing blacktail deer, to shooting ducks, to catching salmon, Dolly Varden, and of course... wild steelhead.

As yesterday was October 10, 2010 (10-10-10), however, I set a lofty catch 10 wild steelhead in a single day. The 10-10-10...10. Mission accomplished, including this beefy hen (steelhead #4 of the day). I'm only guessing here, but I doubt many other guys caught 10 wild steelhead on 10-10-10... and that opportunity will not happen again.

What made it a perfect "10" on the fishing scale, however, was the good company I enjoyed... the shirt-sleeve weather and bluebird skies we experienced in Alaska in mid October. When we ran out of beer, pilot Jay Wattum was kind enough to make a rescue drop.

This had to rank as my perfect fishing day. What would be yours? Have you experienced it yet? --Deeter (Much more to come from the Kodiak, and the remarkable Karluk River...)