Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why Can't Merrill Family Reunions Be Like This?

July 1, 2010 Nunya/Little Nunya

Tom, Rick, and Mike Courtright (special guest fly-fisher visiting from Portland, OR for Beth's family's reunion) paid a visit to Nunya for some pre-fourth fireworks. Alas, the fireworks were all relatively mild, as we only caught fish in the 12" to 15" range, despite the triple #7 with OJ at McDs (I should've had chocolate milk). Tom and Rick had a half dozen, Mike had one and missed some others. More action on black buggers than on hoppers, but not a lot of action overall. Nice fat fish, just not the behemouths we were looking for. Water level - good, visibility - fair, rattlesnakes - none.

Nunya 'bow

Not wanting to leave Mike with such a mediocre day, we dropped by Little Nunya. Ahh! There we found more fish for Mike. Many more fish. We all abandoned counting in pretty short order. Many fish in the 11" to 14" range, more in the 8" to 11" range. Strong fish, fight well. I had one that was 14" make a couple runs, then it bury itself headfirst halfway into the gap between rough basalt rocks, where it played dead. I couldn't pull it out, so I had to wade in and reach down to dislodge it, whereupon it took off and started fighting again. Weird fish! The strongly preferred fly - caddis green psycho prince nymph, size 18 on dropper, same fly - size 12 on upper. Water level a little lower than my last visit.

Wildflowers Out in Force

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