|Lower Fish Creek|
I only fished this stream once last year, on my 'way' home from fishing elsewhere. The 'way' home is of course a very relative term based almost entirely on the course you choose. My wife, bless her heart, didn't seem to think that adding almost two hours of driving could still be considered on my 'way'. I couldn't seem to convince her that it of course was, but that discussion really doesn't matter now. Anyway, when I fished there last year all I caught were several Chubs. Yes, Chubs. Not Whitefish, or even the increasingly respectable Carp, but Chubs. This may be why I didn't make it back up there more than that one time last year.
So as we pulled in the parking lot below Scofield Reservoir's dam, I had my doubts. But the sight of the river was enough to get me moving. Quickly, I was set up and ready to fish before Sean was, so I ventured a few casts just below the first bridge. The first fish I caught there was a little brown of about 4 inches. Okay, at least it wasn't a chub like the next one was. After that Sean was ready to go, so we walked down river.
|Biggest fish of the day, really thick.|
All nymph patterns seemed to work about the same, whether I had on a Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Prince Nymph, or my modified Hare's Ear, I caught a lot of Chubs and some Trout. On top, I had some success with a Chernobyl Ant, tied with a tan colored bottom piece of foam. This pattern has been an especially good attractor pattern for me over the years. I especially like the yellow and orange pieces of foam that I put on the top, it makes it really easy to see!
Then at about 1:00 there was a decent hatch of what looked to me like Golden Stoneflies. On went a yellow Elk-Hair Caddis and it was on. I was still catching Chubs in between, but I also managed to catch five or six Trout, a mixed bag of Browns and Cutthroat.
|Pretty little Cutt|
|I look like a freakin' spaz, but this really|
shows how fat this brown was.
And no, I didn't drop him.