How do you top a day like yesterday? Maybe catch a few more trout? Try 224 today, maybe some bigger trout?
And maybe toss in a Wild Tiger Trout!!
That’s how! Haha
Today started out a little tough. I did a LOT of research last night and went to bed not knowing my plan. Stream levels were changing too quickly. I set my alarm for my furthest option, woke up, and made the call. When I arrived the stream was a touch lower than I wanted it but I figured it would fish ok……I was wrong. The first stop I fished hard for 30 minutes and caught one measly 6” wild brown. That was about 25 minutes longer than I wanted to stay but I’ve learned some lessons over the years about patience for slow starts. It’s one of the things I admire about guys like Frank. He’ll muscle through 2 hours of slow fishing. I struggle with that. I always wanna find something better. So I left and drove upstream. The water was tighter there and flowing better and I started picking up some trout but not enough to make me wanna stick it out. As I was nearing the end of the line I saw a larger trout swipe at my spinner and the battle was on. It was a ferocious fight….a little too ferocious. The darn thing missed the spinner and I hooked it dead in the tail! I was less than thrilled as you can see by my lack of a big smile haha.
And as anyone knows about snagged fish. They can run and run and run……..and run. I thought this was a funny pic while I was preparing for a timer pic. Darn thing took off again and it was another 5 minutes till I got him back in.
After that I left pretty quickly with 3 hours and 34 trout to show. I just knew there was better available and boy did I find it. Of course it was at one of the other options I’d considered stopping at (and should have first). Water levels were awesome.
And the fish were hitting hard! It was absolutely breath taking action for 5 hours.
The wild tiger absolutely made my day. I catch enough of them that I knew almost immediately what it was. The second I picked it up out of the water and it was thrashing I was panicking to make sure it wasn’t going to fall in to the water if it shook the hook. I usually catch 1-2 a year these days so I guess I’ve developed an eye then. Always the coolest of trout fishing experiences. There’s no bigger surprise to have.
I fished later than normal, quitting at 3pm due to all the driving around earlier. Well worth it but I was spent and my back was sore. I was not up for a walk. Luckily I had my new iron horse with me today. I give it a nice ‘dump me in the woods’ paint job the other day!
She sailed me back to the truck in no time.
What a great start to my trout fishing season. I feel totally in the grove now. I’m only 4 trips in and have close to 600 trout in the books already. That pace won’t last but if it keeps raining you never know haha.