Monday, April 07, 2008

Trout are Pretty
There is some water that is so close to our new home that I can literally zip over nap time - fish for ~2.5 hours - be away from the kids for maybe an hour total. Did that today. Would have been a great day for catch and keep, as the 10-13 inch fish were ridiculously plentiful. I started out nymphing and caught two pretty brookies. Then the wind started giving me heck and in a span of ~10 minutes I had a bad tangle, hooked the back of my jacket, and broke off both nymphs. Ha. Pretty funny. It was cold too. I took it as a sign to try something else, so I started swinging soft hackles in the size of 20. That should be illegal. It was devastatingly good. I had planned on trekking a bit upstream but I stuck close to the road because the fish kept coming. When I first tied the softie on the line, I got three hard hits right in a row... and missed them all! Then got a positive hook up, then another miss... then another fish - all in about 5 minutes. Same story at the next couple holes. It should be illegal. No huge fish, but one that was probably closer to 15" than 12" and a whole lot of them right around 12".

Weekend marked the first of the carp, and the last of the C&R trout. Nice segue way. Also caught a really little brookie - maybe 3" - would be good to verify year class - nice to see young fish in the stream after the flood... DNR data suggest most young fish are MIA (more on that later).


Blogger Unknown said...

I suppose now you're just bragging.... LOL

All hail Super WB, master angler :P

10:50 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Not bragging man... don't mean to come off like that. Nothing makes one feel more like an idiot that wrapping two nymphs and an indicator around one's head. Fishing in crappy conditions with awkward rigs like that is always humbling.

I will do some bragging for the soft hackle though... that technique is just deadly.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I know you weren't bragging, just giving you a hard time.

Fishing a tandem nymph rig with an indicator in the brush is a recipe for disaster. We've all been there before, and the resulting bird's nest is a nightmare to untangle.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

The soft hackle is just pulling at me... I may have to get out this weekend and bump a few fish. Bring a few home for skillet too. We can do that now.

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