Today I returned to fishing after missing the last two months. I had surgery in late June and had a longer than expected recovery process. I went to an extremely popular limestone stream. I knew that I wasn't in shape to make a long walk in and out.
After I'd been fishing about ten minutes, I had four trout hit my spinner and every one slipped the hook. I checked my hook points, which were sharp. My next cast landed on the mark next to a large rock and a dark shadow tracked my spinner and grabbed it. I set the hook and the heavy brown bolted for the heavy current, but I was able to maneuver him to my feet.
My first trout measured 17 inches. Not bad after a long absence.
In short order I landed browns of 9 1/2, 14 1/2, 12, 11, and 13 1/2 inches before the action slowed down. I lost two trout before closing the hour with browns of 9 and 13 3/4 inches.
Unfortunately, a fisherman had jumped in front of me, par for the course on this particular stream. I got out and walked upstream, out of sight of the angler. The action was slower and I caught only four trout in the second hour; three browns ranging from 8 to 10 1/2 inches, and a small rainbow trout.
I saw another fisherman upstream so I walked a good distance upstream and got back in. I was getting very little interest on spinners, so I switched to a plug and caught three small browns before switching back to a spinner. I caught only one more trout there before I decided to walk back to my car.
I drove to another section, a few miles upstream. I saw one other fisherman and started in an unoccupied stretch. The action was very slow and I left after a little over an hour. Only three browns from 9 to 10 1/2 inches came to hand.
I tried one other section of that stream briefly which yielded only a few follows so I fished up the main tributary. Shortly after starting there, I caught a nice 14 inch wild brown. Unfortunately, that was the only trout I caught there. I felt my legs getting heavy and although the air was cool and the skies were cloudy, I decided that I shouldn't push it and called it a day. I caught 20 trout for the day. Not a lot of trout, but great to be back in action!
I saw a bald eagle, which is always great to see.