Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trout Report: 071412

1. Tough going with the thick streamside veg. But many trout to be had. Nymphing deadly crush mode. Woke at 0553. Easy breakfast and relaxed exit. Got some gasoline for 15 year old station wagon. Standing streamside lined up to fish deep in the valley 0711. I consider it to be my home. Not a trip or destination. 2. Streamers: fish simply could not lay off a black bugger danced. Something in their physiology. Black bullet around two inches silhouetted. Zero chance to ignore it. But hookup rate low as normal. 3. Hoppers too. Should have switched sooner because this was money. 4. Still learning to relax but not coming along too well. Nymphing helps though. 5. Crossed paths with some four wheelers. Loud. Illegal too. Given that valley and that place the motors didn't make too much sense to me. But as Denny said that's the good thing-everyone can have an opinion but nobody has to listen to 'em. 6. Quite a few fish. Full creel and many released. The water was very predictable. Fish tacos that night. Found myself thinking the night before I left that there were fish holding in watery dark that were going to whacked the next day. Fish that I would eat. 7. Improved my wet wading to the point of near perfection. Two sets of neoprene socks under boots. Cannot be swimming in wading boots; must have tight fit. Wet wading is good. 8. Why didn't anyone roll me over and beat my face in for not fishing the Sage SPL more often. The rod is simply buttery. Exquisite casting, even with obtuse flies. And twelve inch fish double it over. thing of beauty. Oh, what a wonderful feeling even if storm clouds raging at your door.


Blogger John Montana said...

The 2 wt, that rod was made for MN. It would be a hoot on the coastal streams out here too.

McTage made me a sweet trade on a sage one in a 7 wt. one day on the water...looking for more..

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Mister Bubble said...

I think I recognize where you're starting from. I've been bushwhacking my way down - does the atv (or any other trail) provide an easier hike in?

1:20 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

great shots to match your writing. very visual writing. i miss the trout streams. not much opportunity for such here in Nebraska. fish on.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Thanks for the notes folks.

Bubble: you got it. Bushwhacking in play, but the trails are useful. I'm getting to know the place pretty well.

11:19 PM  
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