Saturday was a busy day for my family – we had an “Opening Day” baseball parade followed by two little league games in the morning and then a kid’s birthday party at noon. I talked to my three boys earlier in the week and only one of them (6 years old) had any interest in fishing the MY day – the other two aren’t interested in fishing
. At least they were honest!
We got to the stream a little before 3:00 and I saw another dad with his young son putting their fishing gear back in their car. “I don’t think they stocked. I walked up and down the bank and didn’t see a single trout,” he said. I thanked him and then proceeded to do the same thing and I also did not spot a single trout nor did I see any boot marks near the typical stocking holes (they were supposed to stock this section on Wednesday, March 22nd).
Not to be discouraged, my son and I got back in the car and headed further upstream hoping to find some fresh stockies. When we reached the intended section, there was not a single car in any of the popular parking pull-offs, so again I was worried. When we finally made it to the stream I spotted a few trout rising followed by a pig of a golden rainbow trout – we were in business!
My son only fished for about 40 minutes (I like to mentor without a rod), but he was able to catch (and release) two nice rainbows, which made his day. His casting is improving and I’m hoping to get him out spinner fishing this year as I think the continuous casting and retrieving will hold his attention longer.
No one else on the water
First trout of 2017
One happy 6 year old!
Here are a couple of GoPro videos from Saturday (one is 34 seconds and the other is 18 seconds).
Reeling the trout in and a good net job by dad.
Underwater video of my son bringing in the trout and then the release.
On Sunday morning, I was able to sneak out by myself for a couple of hours to two local streams. The huge drop in temperatures from Saturday to Sunday was ridiculous, but I have to make the most of my open time. Not a great numbers day by any means, but I got a little more practice on the GoPro. Here is a compilation video of Sunday’s outing with some neat underwater releases (1 minute and 9 seconds).