Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Meat Hunt

Ran out for just a couple hours today, intending to get my first limit of 2009 to be smoked for a grand banquet we have planned for some days down the road. Turned out to be a decent and sunny day, so much pleasure was taken in this task, despite the short duration of it.

First note is that I went to a stream that I don't really fish too often to ask for these fish. What a difference it makes - fishing a "popular" stream. It was a Tuesday afternoon, and I found four cars at the road crossing. I walked upstream and observed quite a few folks. I shouldered my way in at a flat stretch that was being absolutely pocked by rising fish... and proceeded to get schooled. The fish were on to everything - the line, the leader, the bad presentation, my person, the folks up and downstream... An expert with the exact right caddis fly could have gotten them to eat - because they were mowing down... but I was not that. So I fished there for maybe half an hour and caught one fish - and that one came only because I was able to make a good skitter attempt (the caddis were dapping and skittering all over the place and I think that was really a focus for the fish). I missed a couple other takes. Only consolation here is that a veteran-looking guy, on his way out past me said "maddening today, aren't they?".

On to some new water. Nymphed for about five minutes when the hatch fizzled a bit... but just couldn't keep at that. Switched back to a caddis dry and went up to the next riffle... and saw this: fish porpoising so intensely and so rapidly it literally looked like they were over-exerting themselves. Kind of funny looking in a way: rise afer rise after dolphin-back rise. Everywhere. Kind of a glorious sight. This was broken water, with a couple good seams and a nice dead spot. I knew that this would be a much better deal for a dude like me. From the first cast to the last - fish just crushed the fly. I caught more than my share, and kept my five for the smoker. Some of the takes came as the fly was lighting on the water - absolutely a sight to see. Some of the fish were bigger - in the 12-13" range... Beautifully colored, leaping fish.

The difference was the water type: need to burn into my brain: look for good, broken water - not the still aquariums that allow the fishes to see you as you can see them.


Anonymous Josh said...

awesome! and it's good for a kid to see where food comes from, which I am sure you covered any moons ago with them. Nice dealio. Do you have a brine you use?

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see you had a good time getting dinner. Is this going to rank up there with the top dry fly days?

One thing about the broken water. I fished this hatch on much slower sections of water, almost still and yea I got alot of refusals but there is something to be said about casting forty feet across a slow pool and getting a take. Not to say I wouldn't have moved on, I probably would have.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to take care of those nasty germans. I hope they're tasty

5:03 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

I've smoked maybe 15-20 trout. Not many. Thus far, I have only ever used some brown sugar sprinkled on top of the "split open" fish.

A primary goal for us is for our kids to understand food.

Don't have too many great dry fly days, so this one is in the top ten for sure. Can't really call it a day I guess - more like two hours.

Some fair fulfillment really: a great BWO outing, and now a great caddis deal... Not a bad April.

On the slow water: if I'd had all day, it would have been more fun. I heard the clock ticking though, and the empty creel was yawning at me.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Trout Caviar said...

Wendy: I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to eat brown trout. I've had a couple of very enjoyable outings down in your neck of the woods in the last week or so. When the caddis were coming off the fly that worked best for me was a #16 1Xlong hare's ear soft hackle--little grouse wing feather for the hackle. Cast upstream with a little lift and they hit it as it comes up.

Great post. Even just having been there, it's fun to see another perspective.

Best~ Brett

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