A short distance upstream in a likely looking stretch of fast, deep water, Kirk got the first fish to hand, about 4" long. It was a long hike to catch a baby! The next run up, Kirk spotted a nice looking fish in a wide, spring creek like section flowing through weeds. He directed me from his position on the high bank, and I drifted a small black micro leech and psycho trailer several times near where the fish way laying, but it showed no interest. While Kirk moved upstream to find more fish, I switched to a cone head bunny leach without an indicator, tossed across onto the grass on the far bank, pulled it off and started stripping slowly. As the leech came into view, a good-sized fish was following, darting towards the fly, then turning away several times. I stopped the strip and the fish turned towards and away from the fly again, once, twice, and on the third approach the fish stopped right next to the fly. Then I saw the fly disappear. Fish on! After a good fight, he wiggled off while I was bringing him over the weeds to the bank. It was a really nice rainbow, maybe 16" or 17". Continuing upstream, we started finding smaller fish and more numbers. One run would be silly full of fish, the next none or only a couple. Beautiful water, fish in the running water, only an occasional one seen in the spring-creek like flat water.
|Kirk manhandling the fish across the top of the water in a beautiful run. There were a ton of fish in this run.|
|Typical fish from typical water|
|My big one of the day, 13" or 14" on the leech. The last and biggest of about 10 fish out of this run.|
|Kirk and a pretty trout|
|Kirk's monster; can't see it? Here, let me zoom in for you...|
About a mile up, we came to a section that was actively grazed. The creek spreads, flat, not so deep. A few small trout in sections where it is moving, but this would get hot in the summer. No banks, no trees. Dang cows!
|The token brook trout. Don't know how they reproduce, I never catch more than one.|
But there were a few sections where it moved and deepened a bit more. In one of these spring creek like sections, Kirk got this beautiful 15" bow to come up to his elk hair caddis. Just above in moving water, I caught a nice little guy on an irresistible. Then, the creek started shrinking dramatically. We could see greenery on the cliff side, indicating incoming springs. It was time to turn around, find our way to the top of the cliffs, and head for the car.
|Kirk's big rainbow|
|Nice one on the dry|
|A rattler look-a-like|
|Typical bridge fish|
|Another pic of the same fish|
|First of ten out of the next little hole up, after putting on a sinker to get down in the fast water|
|Nice 13-inch rainbow|
|The acrobatic fish jumped between the two wires!|