Taking advantage of the narrow but heavy band of rain that fell last night, I decided to try and knock out another mile of the stream I have been exploring. I went there bright and early, but it was chocolate milk. So, I went to a stream on the fringe of the rain band to catch some wild browns. I haven't fished it yet this year, so I knew it would hot if the water level was agreeable, which it was.
I started farther up this stream that I did the last time (and only other time) I fished it so that I would get to new territory. Browns were sometimes jumping out of the water chasing the spinners.
After catching a few nice browns in the first hour, when I saw this nice waterfall hole I knew there had to be one lurking there.
And it produced...
Followed by a 14incher
Above the falls, the stream got much more narrow.
The trout were markedly smaller above the falls, but their numbers increased. The first hour below the big falls produced 17 wild browns, and above the falls, the subsequent 3 hours produced 22,26,and 21. My trips are usually 4 hours actual fishing time.
Here were a few of the nicest of the smaller browns up higher in the stream.
And this was my 86th and final trout from that stream.
Looking at the weather forecast when I got home, I knew that it may be a few weeks til I get a shot at the stream I originally intended to fish this morning due to a lack of rain. I hate to even mention it but I will be back in school at that time and coaching takes up my weekends so it was this evening or never since I work at my summer lawn care job tomorrow and saturday.
I drove to the stream and it was crystal clear and had dropped significantly since this morning. It was lower than I wanted it, but this its the last fishing trip there this year so I wasn't going to be picky.
If you read my last post, the unexplored portion of this stream now lies a 2 hour hike from the car. And what was likely to be a 2-3hr walk back. I parked the car at 3pm, and reached the destination at 5pm. This left me with 1.5 hours to fish and a bit over 2 hours to get back before dark.
The first trout was a nice 8"er
The extremely high gradient of this stream leaves big deep hole after big deep hole for miles. This makes it really hard to stop fishing because I always see the next beautiful spot just ahead.
The brookies up here weren't quite as large as what I have gotten used to miles downstream. I did manage two 9"ers, a few 8s, but most were in the 5-7" range.
And my last trout before I started my way back at 6:30pm was also tiny. I fished for 1.5 hours and caught 38 trout this evening. The water temp was 65 which is an all time high for this stream, especially considering how far up the watershed I was when I took it. Less than a mile remains on this stream now that I have yet to explore.
I actually like walking on all of the boulders in the stream. They are heavy enough that they don't move underfoot and I think it makes it easy walk over.
Just as I turned around to head back, and I was thinking how absolutely Isolated I was, I found this 20 yards from the stream.
I guess there are some people crazier than me. I've seen this stream when it is high in the spring, kind of scary. I cant believe people would kayak there.
I made it back to the parking lot in less than 2 hours. I alternately walked fast/jogged when there were areas of open timber along the stream. As you can see, it was dark in the hemlocks at 6:30pm so I wanted to get out there ASAP.
I ended the day with 124 trout that didn't come easy.