Friday, September 6, 2013

Bombers, plunge pools and the rewards.

A survivor of the plunge pools

One of the areas of a stream where I enjoy fishing are the plunge pools. They are found in most freestone streams and come in various sizes. Some of these pools can be shallow and some quite deep even on small streams. These pools are a food basket for trout. They wash in food into a concentrated area. The food is turned and twisted by the currents, some of which can be moving in opposite directions. And the part I like is they don't give the trout time to inspect the food.

There are many flies that can be fished in these plunge pools, but the one fly I think is best is the "Bomber". When the swift water takes it over the stones and it sinks it's makeup brings it back up like a cork. Movement as such usually brings a strike.


Here are a couple of typical plunge poos on a small stream. You can find trout in various sizes in here, and I have found that there are usually more fish in here than one would think. A lot of flies and fish are lost in such pools, there is a lot of wood debris and various stones there which makes escape very easy.


This beautiful wild fella was taken from the pool above the other day on a "Bomber"


In this pool I had several strikes and two SDR's before I had a solid hookup.


This brookie came from the pool above on the left side. Again on a Bomber.

These are great places to fish, and they do hold trout. Take the time to fish them, perhaps loose some flies, but the rewards can be special.

32 comments:

  1. those rocks, the rushing water! ugh! be still my drought-stricken heart! :)

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      I'm thankful the flows are so good this time of year....hope the rains come for you soon.

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  2. BT,
    I know i asked you about this a while ago, sorry, but do you usually fish upstream of the plunge? So you cast above the falls and let out some line and let the current do the rest? Thanks-Cliff

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    1. cphaneuf,
      Thanks.
      Cliff that's exactly how I do it.

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  3. Nice alan , i like the term "plunge" pool.

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    1. Col,
      Thanks.
      I guess that might be the best way of describing it.

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  4. Last Pic is a Gem!!! Outstanding Brk Trt!!!

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  5. Just love the white stripe on the fins of a brookie in full spawning colors..so shaaap..as we say in Maine

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      Some say the white stripe is a remnant from the ice age.

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  6. Brk Trt,
    great all around. Those brookies are beautiful............Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      They sure are Phil.

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  7. Love the brook and its inhabitants! A great floater like the Bomber, cast upon the plunge pools, has to be irresistible for trout.

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    1. rivertoprambles,
      Thanks.
      Walt it bounces and twists like something struggling, they almost have to strike.

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  8. That's a wonderful fly as evidenced by the catch. There's a lot of anticipation in fishing the plunge pools!

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    1. Howard,
      Thanks.
      That anticipation keeps me going back.

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  9. Nice post Alan...I love fishing plunge pools also, not only because they hold trout as you point out very nicely but also for their refreshing beauty to the eyes, the ears, and the soul.

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  10. Alan
    The buoyancy of the Bomber is what makes me go back to it time and again. I am nearing the end of my supply with this fantastic fly and will need a new batch soon. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      You don't want to out fishing without enough.

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  11. Thank you for introducing this fly to me. You probably could use this pattern only and still have a good day in the water.

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      That's for sure. You really pile up those short strikes some days.

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  12. Love the fast strikes of bookies in plunge pools, thanks for sharing Alan

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    1. LQN,
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      They are amazing. They don't miss much.

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  13. That is beautiful water and fish both! Plunge pools are some of my favorite places to fish.

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    1. Joseph Hord,
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      Mine too. Most times they are productive.

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  14. BT,
    If you fish upstream, do you have trouble seeing the fly once it goes over the falls (it out of your line of sight)?
    thanks,
    cliff

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    1. cphaneuf,
      Thanks.
      You might loose it for a second but it will pop up fast unless there's a fish on it.

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  15. When I hear the term plunge pool I immediately think of brook trout. Those are some beautiful specimens you landed.

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      The words seem to go together.

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  16. Brk Trt...I tied some of the soft-hackle-streamers....I used "ear of my dog",,mallard flank and some secret attractor stuff..like an ice-dub....they worked great.....thank you for that jack gartside contact....I didn't catch any trout, mind you.....but damn...the smallies really **crushed-it** !!!

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    1. flyfisher1000,
      Thanks.
      That ice dub will work. Jack has this stuff called "secret stuff" which works well.
      I'm glad the streamers worked well for you.

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