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.