It is rare that I go on solo outings any more, I much more appreciate sharing my fishing with friends or family but this seasonís lack of rain had me wondering if I would ever get out for my first wild outing.
Another rare thing for me is to fish a local stream that is just minutes away. Itís a great stream when conditions are right but when they are I always run into other anglers. I am partly to blame, I have shared this precious gem over the years with many others, including people on this board. I wonít say lesson learned, this beautiful and productive stream is worth sharing, I just know that my windows of opportunity have to be well planned and with recent rains, the moment was seized today and I would go at it alone.
Here are a few pics of the stream. I cannot tell you how therapeutic this was for me. With everything that goes on in life, work, family and everything that comes with it, I think I almost forgot how enjoyable being placed in a scene like this is.
Nice Log Jam
Billy Goat Territory
I already miss it!
Just a random pic of a deer I seen. Not the best pic, itís with a phone so it looks further away than it really is. Maybe 40 yards but it always impresses me how they stand out like a sore thumb at this time of year. I always enjoy seeing wildlife when fishing.
The fishing was nothing short of spectacular, exactly as hoped
I started around 7:20am and caught 53 wild browns by 9:20am. That is some good fishing! I canít tell you how many little trout I missed, they always get the best of me. Had this been Frank or Zak on this stretch, they would have surely caught 80, possibly more.
Unfortunately, the reason 9:20am was of significance was because at that time was when I noticed another angler ahead. No big deal, I would walk back to my truck and drive upstream to another section. When I landed at the new section, I caught 11 more pretty quickly including this nice 14Ēer.
For the next few hundred yards, nothing! Until of course ďthat oneĒ who would get away, right? I threw my spinner to a shallow run, expecting nothing other than a small trout and bang the fight was on from a 20Ē brute. And that lasted 3 secondsÖ.Wah! He broke my spinner clear off. I was once again reminded of the importance of checking my line above the spinner for chaffing, which I had failed to do before that stretch. I cannot say lesson learned, I know this lesson, epic fail! LOL
There forward the fishing turned almost amusing. Nearly every cast yielded some type of reaction and the next 1 1/2 hours was probably the best fishing I have ever experienced, bringing to hand an additional 57 wild browns. At times it almost felt like I was willing the fish onto my spinner and the smaller trout I was missing earlier were now being taught a proper lesson.
All in all, roughly 5 hours of fishing and 121 caught and released. That is a new personal best for me. I really did not want to leave but the stream was heading away from an exit point and if I continued I would be committed for at least another hour. Not a bad thing at all but I have to admit, I was beat! I am not in fishing shape yet LOL. Usually running around with Zak during the summer turns me into a billy goat of sorts and 8 hour fishing sessions become the norm. I look forward to this summer for sure, especially now that I have been bitten by the wild.
Below in no order are a few of the fish caught today. Just some of the ones I was able to catch and catch on camera. They are iPhone pics and I learned something about iPhones today. Finger print unlocking is such a nice security feature right up until you have wet swollen hands and the phone will not unlock! I canít tell you how many pics I did not get because of this. While I know you can just type in your pass code, I use a strong password with letters and numbers that is not easy to unlock while handling a fish!
Nonetheless, the photos;