Not sure where to begin...well on the way up to the Catch and Release section I had to stop for a bear standing in the middle of the road (of course I didn't have my battery in the camera, it was pretty dark, but still)...then on the way in I passed a doe at 10 yards that stood like a statue as I passed...didn't flinch!
I picked up two browns and a rainbow in an hour:
After that I couldn't take the lingering memory of the big one from Sunday, so I headed downstream. On the way I passed a tiny fawn and mom and three turkeys:
I then decided to multitask...I took the fly rod and the spinning rod and planned to fish to any rising trout and fill the gaps in between with the spinning rod. Well I landed 13 more trout on the fly rod, mostly on Slate Drakes and Joe's Hoppers (a perfect slate drake imitation if you ask me), and somewhere between 75 and 85 on the spinners, no that is not a typo, I stopped counting at 70. Sunday I told Tagout if I could just land every fish I hooked, I'd catch a hundred trout. Well today I landed most of the fish I hooked..finally!
The real treat was the last fish of the day...up to this point I had landed a brook, a few rainbows and several browns. 2 weeks ago 3F's and I found a palomino in a pool so I worked my down and sure enough he was still there. The Joe's Hopper proved to irresistable for him. It is the first one I have ever caught (mostly because I typically only fish for wild trout, so this was a treat!)
Here are a few of the spinner trout (yeah I know wrong forum). One thing I liked about today is I got to catch trout in my favorite ways. Caught a few nymphing, matched a slate drake hatch and picked a few up on those dry flies, threw a few terrestrials and caught some on that (even had 4 hit a cicada pattern) and finally got to watch trout crash on some spinners. Awesome day!
It was a little tough fishing 3 miles with both rods, but it was worth it! I did however have a bear charge me on the creek, it was a bluff and it happened so fast I didn't have to be scared or do anything actually. I think he might have been checking out what the cabin owners left behind from the weekend and the wind shifted and he caught my scent and it startled him, whatever it was I heard the huffing and the crashing in time to see black coming towards me and then turn and head over the mountain...I almost stocked a brown trout of my own!!