Typically when I get out trout fishing, I have my “gas pedal” to the floor from start to finish. My usual goal is to cover as much water as I possibly can in a fixed period of time to yield the greatest number of trout. For me, this is what I typically define as a relaxing outing on the water.
It was different last Thursday when I met up with a good friend of mine from high school (Nick) for a day of trout fishing. I had two possible areas picked out to fish - one area was North and the other was West from us. The area West of us had more favorable weather conditions and that became our target.
We arrived shortly after sunrise to very pleasant and spring like temperatures. The stream runs through a park so there were some joggers and dog walkers moving about, but the stream itself was wide open for us.
It didn’t take more than a few casts before I brought the first trout of the day to hand – a nice 4-5” wild brown. Although we were moving at a gentle pace, we were consistently catching trout at a pretty good rate. We even had a half dozen “doubles” or so during the day.
Since the action was so decent, neither one of us ever had the urge to start moving any faster. It was just a nice relaxing stroll upstream with plenty of fish to boot.
Nick with a nice 14” wild brown.
The stream even got ‘urban’ in a section.
But there was still wild trout to be found.
We even landed two rainbows (each one was from the same pool).
When we ended the day after a little over 5 hours of fishing, my pitch counter showed ‘48’ trout for me. Nick is not a fish counter, but he had to have caught just as many trout (or close to it). Not a bad day of fishing at all.