Who's fishing this weekend, was the question.
As it turned out, I fished on Saturday, though I got a very late start. I didn't arrive at the creek until after 11:30 AM. When I first waded in, I got a rush of cold water on my right foot. I had a leak in my waders in my previous outing, but I thought I had fixed it. Apparently not. I walked back to my car, changed into my hip boots, then re-entered the stream. I went to a different section of the same limestoner I had fished earlier in the month. The water was much lower than the last time, so I used a smaller, lighter spinner. I had two hits before I caught my first trout, which surprisingly was a native brookie.
I had two trout hit and get off, while several others only followed. I reached a deep pool and changed to a large Lucky Craft plug. A large brown followed for a short distance, but didn't hit. The stream split into two channels and I moved up the right channel. I lost another trout before landing a 9 inch wild brown. I continued upstream, hoping to catch a big brown. I caught three more brown trout; two 11 inchers and a 11 1/2 incher before coming to a large log jam that I couldn't get around in my hip boots, so I walked back to my car and drove upstream. Unfortunately, there was a car parked where I intended to fish and I was sure it was another fisherman. I drove a little futher upstream and saw another car, so I decided to head to a limestone tributary that I hadn't fished this year.
On my first cast, a small trout charged, hit, and threw the hook. Two more small trout hit before I landed a 10 1/2 inch wild brown.
A bend pool gave up browns of 9 1/2 and 9 inches. My next trout was 10 1/2 inches. I had a short lull that was broken by my largest trout of the day to that point, a nice 12 inch brown.
I had a lot of small trout follow and some short struck. I caught three small trout in short order, browns of 8 1/2, 9, and 6 inches. I dropped a cast near some heavy cover and felt extra weight. "Finally, a good heavy trout", I thought. It didn't turn out to be as big as I first thought. It was a very fat 14 inch brown. A 10 inch brown closed out the angling hour.
It took about 15 minutes before I landed my next trout, a 9 1/2 inch leaping fool of a brown trout. Next came another 14 inch brown. I made a cast into a deep spot and instantly felt a heavy trout. I saw the trout roll and knew I had a very large trout on. The trout dove for the roots, then rolled over and over. I had a strong feeling that it was going to end in a parting of the ways. The trout shot downstream and the line broke. While big trout are often not as large as we first think, I believe that one had the potential to be my largest trout of the year.
I tied on another spinner and moved upstream. A few casts later, another heavy fish was on. "Definite hog", I thought. It dove deep toward the undercut, but I manuevered him into the shallows, snapped a quick picture on the wet grass, and released him.
Two casts later, a small trout bounded around the pool before spitting the hook. A chunky 13 inch brown came to the net next, followed by a feisty 6 incher. As I retrieved my spinner through a deep trough, a heavy trout struck. I set the hook and a large rainbow cleared the water and ejected the hook at the top of an impressive jump.
I moved upstream in the gathering darkness, knowing I only had a few more minutes to fish. A 12 inch brown was added to the tally before I approached a deep spot under a bridge. I made two casts to the deep spot on the right side with no interest, so I made a cast to the left side, which is much more shallow. A trout streaked out and smashed my spinner. I set the hook and the heavy trout raised quite a surface ruckus before finally arriving in front of me. It was a big rainbow that measured 17 inches. I snapped a quick picture, then released him. I made two more casts and called it a day.
I wished I had started earlier. I believe I would have caught good number of trout and maybe another big trout or three. I fished only 3.25 hours between the two streams; 1.5 hours on the first stream and 1.75 hours on the second. The first stream produced only 5 trout, the second yielded 17. I lost at least another 7-8 trout between the two streams. Overall, I caught 22 trout; 20 browns, 1 rainbow, and 1 brook trout, all on spinners.
I had hoped to fish on Sunday as well, but heavy rain is expected (what are the odds?)
I'm hoping that I can fish again before the end of the month, but you never know what you will get for weather in December.