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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Finding Peace of Mind

There were a million things I needed to do today, the lure of the stream was calling though and I had to get out if only for a short time. Being on the water is therapy after a long week of work, trying to find time to hunt, and everything else life throws my way.

Sneaking through the weeds and trees, I spied a few brown trout sipping some unknown bug off the surface. I assumed they were taking midges but I can't say that for sure. After slipping into position to fish, which was painfully slow due to the low clear water, I tied on a #20 BWO dry which was the smallest fly I had except for some #24 trico's.

A downstream cast was all I had without spooking the fish. The first cast was darn near perfect and my target fish took it on the first drift. This was my first trout on top in quite a while and it felt good.



I realized just how cold the water was after having my hand in it so I took a temperature reading. It came out at a chilly 48.7 degrees. Surprised to see one of the fish still feeding a little further downstream, I got into position to attack my next target. Again I had a take on the first drift but missed the hookup. Fish were few and far between and I spooked a few before I ever got a chance.

This is a DHALO stream section and I was a bit disgusted to find a relatively new jar of PowerBait laying stream side. It's common knowledge that poaching of fish goes on in these waters but you hope against hope that they don't get many. That didn't seem to be the case here unfortunately.

After a long fish-less stretch I finally did come upon a rainbow holding near the tail end of a pool. Trying something different I tied on an orange colored beadhead caddis larvae. My first drift went a little wide but it got a look. I knew I had it. The next drift was right down it's "feed alley" and the fight was on.



I'm almost positive I caught this same fish exactly two weeks ago with the exception that it now has a pretty big scar on it's side. Herons or snaggers, it's hard to tell which. I was really disappointed in the number of fish I saw. This may be my last trip to this particular stream for awhile. You can see part of the scar on top of the fish in this video.

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Nonetheless, the peace and solitude I was seeking was acquired along with that addicting feel of a trout at the end of your line. It was a short outing but mission accomplished.
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Nice report and photos/video, Eye...It has been tough lately with the VERY clear water we have been dealing with. I managed 2 Rainbows and a Brown yesterday, but that was with several hours on the creek and many casts! I have noticed scarring on a few fish, as well...I think that during the very low water conditions we have had this season, that the Herons, Ospreys, Raccoons and Mink have had good access to the fish.
I noticed some grayish colored caddis hatching in the afternoon and a few surface feeding fish.
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very nice
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Excellant!
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eye you have some sweet spots to fish....I'm jealous. I love seeing your posts here it gives me motivation to keep trying to find year round producing streams.

John Adams - "One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress."
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Thanks all! Runningdeer I'm sure you can find some in your area if you look.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-30-2010, 11:11 PM
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very nice, this just gave me an Idea of what to do tommarow. im in the mood for spin fishing though but will start with the flyrod to see if I can pic a slob of the bottom with a nymph. I caught some browns and bows earlyer in the month, its time for a brookie.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-30-2010, 11:43 PM
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nice pics..

I checked out a local small creek today - the wild browns are starting to stage - seems a bit early. Water is cold enough for them though.
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