Monday, July 9, 2012

An Outing For The Birds.....Salvaged




Yesterdays outing proved to be one of the more interesting ones this year. I arrived at the river late afternoon, I chose a section that was fast flowing and narrow, with plenty of shade. I tied on a Bomber and started fishing. After many casts I had no interest paid to the fly I offered. I continued to move down stream and the result was the same. While fishing I could hear the crowing of a rooster. I looked around and I could see nothing. Continuing to move and the rooster kept up his morning talk in the afternoon growing louder all the while. Convinced I should seek a more productive area of river to fish I climbed out of the stream a walked to my car. As I approached my car I could see a rooster in the brush looking at me. Not knowing what he was going to do I walked slowly while taking my camera out to take his picture. He had some beautiful badger hackles, and seemed to be OK with me there.

Just as I was going to place my rod in the car and leave a Jeep pulled in and the gent said my name. I did not recognize him. He stepped out and introduced himself as The Fisherman. He was a gent I had been conversing with on a fly fishing forum for years. He was there with his young son and they were about to do some fishing. It felt good to finally meet him.

Moving to another area I soon realized I was in the company of another bird. A Blue Heron was working the shallows for his dinner.

Well let me see if I can get on with the fishing. This was to be one of those evenings, all good, but for who. I fished four different areas of the river, using a variety of flies. I had numerous fish rise to the fly and missed. I had many hookups, some of the fish put on great fights, but not a one to hand. I must be loosing it.

At the final spot I fished, as the day was coming to an end. I drifted a CDC caddis down a broken piece of river. I could see the nose of the trout under the fly. He followed it for a second and then he took it. A few strong runs and a leap or two and he was in my net. A photo and a few moments to help get his composure back and off he went.

Well maybe I'm not loosing it after all.

A CDC Caddis Rainbow.


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18 comments:

  1. Your perseverance paid off. I'd say you're not losing it.

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      Perhaps not, but how many missed chances must I endure.

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  2. Nice report as always.Pretty bow!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      He did pose nicely.

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  3. If I were to only get one fish in a trip I always prefer it to be at the end of the day. It feels better than one right off the bat and nothing after.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      I guess your right. It did make a nice ending to the day.

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  4. Did you pluck some hackle feathers from the rooster? Great photos.

    The Tenkara Ambassador

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    1. Anonymous,
      Thanks.
      No I didn't, but the thought crossed my mind a few times.
      Perhaps its owner reads my blog and would be willing to give it up when the time comes.

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  5. Momma said there would be day like that. No skunk though.

    Mark

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      She sure did. Skunk I'll take it for the chance to fish.

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  6. Just one of those days. If you lost more flies then fish, then its safe to say your losing it. :) I hope to run into you one day.

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    1. Johnny Utah,
      Thanks.
      The fly inventory has been pretty stable, so I guess I still might have it.
      Perhaps some day John.

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  7. Alan
    I learn long time ago fishing in not all about landing great numbers of fish, or even a fish. Usually the times there is no fish to hand, is the times I learn the most concerning the outing. Great Post!!

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      The time and the beauty around the waters is all that needs to come to hand.

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  8. Whew Brk Trt..nearly shut out on this one..

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    1. penbayman,
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      Very close indeed.

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  9. Always perplexed by those outings when you know there are fish around but no takers...however, always good to get out!

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  10. I love the birds, but you topped me with the rooster. Never had one come out of the woods before. Glad for that fish, too. Funny how that restores self esteem and faith in the universe.

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