For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The "Outback" Late Spring 2018
The "Outback", you have read several posts about my ventures into this wader shredding area in the past. I usually fish this place in winter and very early spring because it's more forgiving and kinder on man and material. But a few weeks ago I had the urge to fish this natural highly protected area and see what I could find. As you look from the parking one observes a pretty setting, a view that says I'd love to take a walk through there. Well it may look friendly but believe me there are tangles of briars that hold world records, thorns that are "huge" and will rip you to no end. This is Filson "Tin Cloth" territory.
But back in the "Outback" are some of the biggest fish this stream produces. I have met a few of them over the years and was ready to see if I could locate one this day.
There is beauty in the "Outback"...this lupine was close to full bloom.
The stream runs close to many hazards. The trees hold many of my flies not only on top but in the roots.
During the winter the browns hold in the deep slow pools, but come mid spring and summer they work their way up into the better feeding areas of the stream. It is here where I tangled with a very strong brown trout. The brown took the fly as it drifted to the left of the vine hanging in the water. He struck it hard and headed to the nasty roots along the bank. In his struggle to free himself he made some spectacular runs both up and downstream. I can tell you the little 4'10" 3wt Cane and Silk almost bent in half. It held and the fly stayed in and soon the brown lay close to my hand.
An "Outback" Brown
A wild brown, a very beautiful wild brown that allowed me to photograph him before his release.