Just last week I had been able to fish any stream any day I had wanted to. Things dried up rapidly as we went a week without any rain at all which left me with only a choice or two on where to fish. So, I've been hitting the big water lately. We did finally receive inch of rain last night. Driving to my target stream this morning I noticed that the rain had little to no effect on water levels...except the stream I wanted to fish, which was chocolate milk. I had two guests in tow today ( my brother and a friend). We went to the mouth of that dirty stream and started picking off spots on the only other place with enough water.
We started immediately picking fish up right on the border between the clear and muddy water.
I am constantly changing set ups for river fishing. For the last three years I have used 8lb line on a 6'6" medium action bass rod. I was fed up over losing a few biiiiiig fish because of how long it took to land them using 4 and 6lb line fighing the rapids and giant boulders. This year, I went the whole way back to 4lb line on that same rod to increase my casting distance. I can reach the whole way across practically any point on the river now using my heavy spinners and light line. I guess it will take me losing a few more big fish to switch back to heavier line.
It didn't take long today for me to almost regret my 4lb line decision...
I hooked into a heavy fish in some very swift water. It immediately ran downstream through some rapids and over a small waterfall.
It was what I expected. I knew it wasn't a trout by the way it fought. At just over 13", it had enough shoulders to test out my new line.
We worked upriver, skipping some spots with impractically fast flows and concentrated on my traditionally most productive spots.
At each new spot, we caught a few right off the bat. Then after the flurry activity slowed, I picked a few more up by working the same water but deeper and from slightly different casting angles. I think this is important and it always pays off for me when fishing water than can be over 10' deep with white water and swirling currents.
I let my brother and my friend fish up through everything first and then I came through last. My 2nd GRT came from a very deep run that had been cast into at least 20 times. I let my spinner sink 10' or more before reeling and got a hit after bringing it through the depths for a few turns.
My brother landed the largest trout of the day soon after I released my GRT. His rainbow was 16.5".
Over the millennia, swirling water has created some neat effects.
I have never noticed this little cave right along the bank and when I peeked in today, I was surprised not to find any snakes.
Walking up the bank back to our bikes we had to crawl and climb through rhododendron.
My brother arrived at my house today without a bike, which was to be a crucial part of today's fishing plan... We matched some deep sockets to the nut on the back tire for make-shift pegs so that my brother and friend could ride together. It looked sort of funny as 3 guys in their 30s were covering mile after mile on a total of 2 bikes like a couple of kids headed to play a pickup game of baseball.
Before leaving for home, I checked on one of the biggest ash trees I've ever seen. It is still alive and healthy. Based on its location, I assume that it receives the best treatment available for ash trees.