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Saturday, May 11, 2013
"Mossy Pool" an Enigma
This is wonderful pool found along a small stream we frequent. I have fished it many times over the years with varying success. It's a beautiful section and often wild brookies can be seen rising in various sections of the pool. Kirk had given a name to this pool, "Mossy Pool". Friday morning Kirk and I met for a few hours to fish this stream. Upon reaching "mossy pool" Kirk said you fish it, that pool owes you a nice fish. I drifted the caddis and within seconds a brookie of generous proportions struck the fly, and missed. I continued to fish the pool with numerous rises. Finally I was able to bring a nice brookie to hand.
"Mossy Pool" can be at times a bit strange. Trout can be taken at various areas of the pool from the head, middle, and tail, right or left side. And there are times when you can fish it and never have a strike, as if it were barren. Thus somewhere along the line Kirk said that pool is an "enigma". And this day showed why at times it's just that.
Having fished the stream quite away upstream. I had to get moving on home. As I fished my wat down I came to "Mossy-enigma Pool". Again armed with a caddis dry I floated the fly through the pool. Not a look. I did this several times with the same result. On a last cast, as the fly reached the very tail of the pool a fish rose and hit the fly. I had been to slow to set the hook, but as I started the retrieve the fish struck again this time the steel struck struck home. The trout did a tailwalk that was awesome. He covered just about every inch of the pool trying to shake the nasty bug that bit him. Moments later a beautiful wild brown was at hand. His striking spots and color rivaled the brookies of this pool. Again a big thanks to both brown and stream were said, and off he went into the pool. A pool that is truly an "Enigma"