For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Sometime, one wild one will do.........
As the days of late Spring start to fade and the Summer temps start to rise I alter my fishing times to better take advantage of the trouts feeding habits, as well as cooler temps. Normally I like to start my day on a stream around 9, but these days the sun is up pretty good and so are the temps. Fishing for 4 hours or so brings me to early afternoon and that's not good. So I have two choices, one fish early, 5am or so for starting, this brings me to 9am. Or I sometimes choose to fish the late afternoon into the evening.
Yesterday I chose to fish a stream early. I was casting my first fly before 6. There were some pretty dark spots along the way the spots where wild browns like to feed. There were some insects scattered about some light ones and some dark ones. The streamer was not working, nor was the wet fly. I feel that if a trout does not show interest in the first few pools, I need to try something else. Looking into the fly box I selected a nice meal, for a trout that is. I tied on a Gray Wulff, size 12 and started working. A the fly drifted along a sunken log a trout rose, unfortunately he missed. It was some time, and a lot of misses before pay dirt was reached.
In a deep eddy the trout struck. Soon this handsome wild brown was at hand.
I was to fish for several hours without another fish to hand. I was content to know that the many rises to the fly and although there were no hookups this was to be a fine day.
As the morning moved along and the time to leave was near. I had noticed some sulpurs about. Sulphurs are a pretty little mayfly, and I had a parachute version that has done well for me in the past, and so it did for me today.
A sulphur and a brown. This guy had been hooked before, as evidenced by his healed jaw.
Lupine. This field is a few days from being totally in bloom.