Arising long before sunup, I stopped at dawn for the #8 at McD's to maximize my chances for a successful day (which at Nunya usually means more fish caught than snakes seen). Rounding the last corner of the dirt road to the stream, my muscles relaxed as the empty parking area came into view. A short time later, I slid from the grassy bank into the water, which was surprisingly cool given the heat of the summer. The high waters from spring runoff have changed the stream a little, finally erasing the little hole where I caught the first big brown here years ago.
I started with hoppers, then alternated with the black bugger in some deeper runs, but there was no sign of fish in the first few holes. It wasn't until about halfway to the first corner that I found the first fish, a nice brown about 15-inches that took the hopper in the middle of the stream. A little further up, a smaller rainbow came to hand, but that was all the action to the first corner.
|15-inch brown to start the day|
|A rainbow that wants to be a cutthroat, beautiful 19-inches|
|The Skully Bugger, big and ugly|
|The third rainbow of this size on the Skully|
I found one more rainbow up at the next corner, LDR-ing the 16 or 17-inch fish after a short fight, then it was time for the long, hot walk back to the car, wondering about what could have been. One thing for certain. I will have more Skully Buggers the next time I come.
|Thirteen fish fought, seven to hand, three deer, no snakes. A great day at Nunya!|