My backyard steelhead project opened up a month earlier than normal. That means a few more weeks of opportunities to harvest some hatchery brats. I didn’t want to fight the crowds on Saturday, but did make it out briefly yesterday without any luck.
Speaking with a few fishermen sounds like there were alot of fish caught on Saturday and a fair amount Sunday. I never saw a fish caught but I could tell evidence of fish caught by the entrails along the bank. I did walk up to the falls and saw a few dark spawners.
Tuesday would bring a new day and another opportunity, I have been battling a nasty bug and woke up at 6 am and figured I’d rather be coughing along the river versus in bed and pushed off. Having the right clothing is essential and the down zip and soft shell with fleece beanie kept me comfortable and toasty.
I made it the parking lot by 7:30 and walked out to my amazement noticed that just about every spot was taken. I tried to find a quiet water for myself and almost stepped on a guys fish while asking him how fishing was, I guess I answered my question. I found a nice slot and proceeded to work the dead drift. Almost instantly, the indicator stopped and I felt the roll of a fish and then as soon as it was on, it was gone. I knew there was a fish or two there and kept working the drift. On the 5th or so drift the indicator stopped and I set, a small summer run of 5-6# came to the surface and ran downstream into the rip rap and whitewater where it escaped my clutches.
I dropped down below as one guy left I wanted to work the run as I have caught fish before however known to be super snaggy and loss of hardware is common. Saw a few fish hooked around me but no love until I dropped down 20′ and fished slightly slower water. Behind a submerged rock the indicator shot down again and a couple minute battle didn’t produce a landed fish. It did get the heart racing and the excitement level elevated as it was a nice 10-11# summer run. The fish didn’t want to have anything to do with me and headed down stream and popped the barbless hook. Snap!!!
Part of the fun is tricking the fish, but would have been nice to land that one as it was so close. A quick trip to outdoor emporium and some time replaced my supplies and readied for the next outing.
Here is my recipe :
Size 2 Octopus hooks
Trout beads, orange colors to match the hatch
15# maxima leader l, as I was breaking off 10# too easily.
Walmart foam kids floaty, cut into 9″ section with 0.5″ slices to keep everything neatly organized and tucked into my gear bag.
More time with gear in the water with less time replacing broken leaders and hooks is a good thing. Seems the best action to be either near first light or towards the evening.