First Outing in November
The first Saturday of the month had low temperatures overnight and most streams were very high from the recent heavy rain, but I knew one stream would be fishable. Due to the cold temperature, I took my time getting to the creek. I waded in shortly before 11:30 AM, a very late start for me. This small limestone stream has been very good to me over the years, and I've had some huge days on the creek. I didn't expect that this time though.
I waded in below a mid-stream dam and on my fourth cast, a small brown trout pounced. My first trout of the day was a 9 inch wild brown. I missed several strikes before I landed 11 1/2 and 8 1/2 inch browns on back to back casts. I figured I was off to a fast start. I was wrong. When I moved upstream of the dam, the action was very slow. I caught only two more trout the rest of my first angling hour, browns of 9 and 6 inches.
The next hour was equally slow. I tried a different spinner and Niti spoon but got little response. I tied on a small plug and caught browns of 10 1/2, 9, and 9 1/2 inches. The flurry was short lived and I had no response for the next ten minutes, so I switched back to a spinner and caught a 7 inch brown to end the second hour.
I had caught only 9 trout in my first two hours. I often do better than that there in one hour. I wondered if maybe it had been recently fished, possibly even earlier in the day, but I didn't see any boot tracks. I chalked it up to the 49 degree water temperature.
In the third hour, the action improved markedly. Trout began to follow and hit more aggressively, especially in the last half of the third hour. I caught 6 browns between 6 1/2 and 9 inches in the first half of the hour, and 12 more in the bottom half of the hour, the largest being 12 inches. I took the water temperature near the end of the third hour and it was 54 degrees. I believe that was the reason for the improvement in the action.
Hour number four was even better, as I caught 21 butter colored wild browns. They ranged from 4 1/2 to 12 inches. I fished an additional 15 minutes and caught 3 more browns before I decided to head to a freestoner that I hadn't fished in over 20 years. I could have stayed and likely continued to catch a lot of trout, but I wanted to see if I could catch a big brown.
When I arrived, there wasn't much daylight left. I fished in a small park and the habitat was not good. I caught a small wild brown and was heading to fish a very nice looking spot when a woman with a bunch of kids abruptly led them down to that spot and the kids started throwing rocks in the water. I climbed the bank and walked around them. Unfortunately, I had only one more hit before it got too dark. I will likely try the stream again, but upstream from where I was fishing.
For the day, I caught 52 wild browns; 51 in the first stream and only one in the second. I fished the first stream for 4.25 hours and the second stream for only half an hour. The largest trout were three 12 inchers. I had a larger trout follow and had a heavy trout strike on the first stream, but I missed on the hook set. I walked 4.5 hours on the day.
The long range forecast is not very good, but I hope it improves for next weekend. I didn't take any pictures during the day.