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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.