My 6th straight day on the ditch water and each time the learning curve improves. Today Phil K. and I met up earlier to fish before sunrise. The rains greeted us and layered fleece and down and good wading jackets were the outerwear of the day.
We could barely see but was enough to poke around and fish by feel. I could sense the bumps, contour and rocks, check setting on anything that felt fishy. Around 8 am my indicator stopped and I had a brief encounter with another chrome fish. He or she turned and did a head shake spitting the hook after a 7 second hook up. Just as I yelled to Phil to ready the net, she popped off and swam off into the whitewater.
I would only have one more bump around 10 and then we called it quits as the banks started to line up with anglers and we only witnessed 2 fish landed. One guy upstream whom I helped net his big buck of estimated 11-12# filled my landing net from head to tail. What a beauty!
I’ll take a couple days off and back at it another day, hopefully it only gets better with the days and a little more rain in the coming days.
Rod: Sage SP 890-5
Reel: Galvin T8 with Rio Varsity line
Flies: egg patterns in Orange and Pink