Mark Bierly

I went fishing a couple weeks ago for the first time in a year or two.  Most of my fishing has been for trout, bass, and some cut-throat.  I had always wondered what it would be like to catch a salmon or steelhead.  I had been talking with Joel, a good friend of mine, and he invited me to go salmon fishing with him. 


We had been fishing on the Siletz River for about 2 hours without any action (except for a few of us getting snagged), and then I hooked into this fish.  At first I thought maybe I was snagged again, but then I realized I had something on.  Anyway, it took us a long time to get it into the boat, but when we did - all four of us were thrilled to land this beauty.  I was stoked since it was my first salmon.  It weighed in at 35 pounds.  My arms were sore the day or two after, but was sure worth it.  I had a lot of fun. 


- Mark Bierly

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