Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Epic days - over the last 10 days...

Ever find yourself having an epic fishing trip.  I've had two in the last 10 days.  Last week I realized I may not get out for a week or so, so I hit the local wild trout stream.  Using a Rojo Hot Butt I found trout so willing to rise.  Every run, pool, riffle, and cut... the brookies were fired up to dart up and grab that fly.  I love the picture below.  Wish it had been in focus, but the trout's amazing color comes through, and some how, the motion just adds to it...


This guy was just such a chubby fish for a stream born trout I had to take a pic. He's a little football - and, there's been no air let out of this one (sorry, had to use that analogy - rough day for a Pat's fan)...


Rosemary worked both weekend day's on long 12 hour shifts.  So the kids and I went out to see "Mia" (grammy) and Grampy both days.

They had a total blast making baking soda and vinegar volcano's.  We ended up using a whole liter of vinegar becuase they kept wanting to do another volcano :)!


Rosemary just about kicked me out of the house last night (for some fishing - all is good :)).  Reports from friends catching brown after brown on a local C and R river were enticing, so I headed out.  Fished a few usual spots and got a few... then found a little spot where a feeder stream caused the water to be about 5 degrees cooler than the main river.  There must have been, well, had to be a hundred fish in that little slot of cool water...



And these beautiful browns... and at least 30, but honestly, I'd bet 50+ of their buddies came to net or hand.

The weird thing, is that normally on this river I find myself fishing size 8-16 flies - and mostly 10-14's.  Streamers some times are 1-2-3-4's.  In short, it's a big fly river for me historically.  I kept seeing fish rise, but between smut on the surface from pollen and foam, I couldnt fish a dry without fowling.  Several (15 maybe) took a LaFontaine sparkle pupa... but for some reason, I decided to try a #20 black nymph with a red wing case I discovered this winter on Tightline Productions site.  The fly is called Higa's S.O.S: https://vimeo.com/channels/patterns/121154795.  It's simple... and has a new happy place in my box... because for the next couple hours, that little fly caught fish after fish after fish.  It was amazing!  Probably in the top 2 or 3 days on the fly for me.  The first was like 25 years ago and using a super basic caddis pupa (green dubbed body and black dubbed head on a #14) and then the next about 10-15 years ago on a dark cahill wet fly.  Maybe one other day, literally the day I graduated high school, was in there too actually - and that was a streamer made with white and blue fibers from a dusting tool my mom had!  But this was epic.  It was fish after fish after fish.  It would slow a little, and I'd shift, start fishing a little more off the stream mouth and bang - back to it.  when that spot faded, I'd shift back and BANG back to it.  This went on for about 2-2.5hrs... Then, just as my friend Scott showed up with a colleague named Chris, things quieted down and only a few more came to hand.  But Chris caught his first ever brown which was really fun to see.


Here's the spot.  The picture of the river about 3 up was taken standing in the same spot.  The gravel you see in the pic above is a sandbar caused by the feeder brook with cool water.  I just rotated about 90 degrees left to get the pretty down stream pic of the whole river.  I stood about 10 feet across the gravel in the main river so I had a low profile and most fish were coming from the stretch seen in this photo.  It was amazing.  I actually feel a little bad, like I was "catching fish in a barrel"...

Probably wont have a day like that for another 10-15 years... But man... Amazing!

Keep well
Will

7 comments:

  1. My goodness. Will that is a day that will not be forgotten.
    Such an assortment of beautiful trout.
    Well done my man.

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    1. 1X every 5-8 years or so seems to be roughly the pattern Alan :)
      Will

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  2. I love those days. Unfortunately, in the year I have been blogging, I've had more epic fails...3 to be exact. Hope you have more luck than I do. I'm guessing to speed up the pattern, you need to fish twice as often...epic trip every 2.5-4 yrs. I won't be following my advice b/c, well...epic fails!

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    1. Ha - Drew your funny man! Considering I'm happy without catching... day's like that are a gift, a truly unexpected gift :)

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  3. Nice! Those are amazing days!

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    1. Totally RM! Gotta love when the stars align :)

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    2. Totally RM! Gotta love when the stars align :)

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