Straight up over the mountain, instead of around it, was a good choice. Besides just being back in an area that I love, it also gave us an opportunity to see several deer (including one nice buck with an interesting rack) and some awesome country. However, no amount of aesthetics would keep us from the business at hand, hitting one of my favorite streams. Once at the stream I remembered exactly how cold that water was! Wet wading isn't that great in the early morning.
|I love the color of the water here|
With numbing feet we made our way upstream casting to likely spots and fooling some small browns with our Prince Nymph droppers.
|Managed to catch this little guy. Ross is back there working out one of the few tangles he had today.|
|One of the nicer fish|
We kept with the program, hoping that the fish would start coming up as the day warmed, when we caught up with another angler. This has only happened a few times on this stream so it seemed a bit odd, but no big deal, we'll just hop out and keep some space between us. We started hiking still further up stream when we came upon three more anglers...still, no big deal, right? Then we saw another angler heading back toward us. Time to relocate and hope that the whole stream isn't like this. Luckily, it wasn't. In fact, there wasn't another angler in the many miles of stream that are easily accessible. They must've thought we needed some company. Or maybe they knew that the fishing would be much faster at our new location. Ross and I both were quickly into fish and it became apparent that the other anglers had done us a huge favor by motivating the relocation.
|This guy caught a bunch of fish|
Lots of fish were taken with the Chubby Chernobyl and while none of them were big, they did make for a fun day. Ross had his best day of fishing yet and it was great watching him rockin' it on one of my favorite streams. Hope you can get out there, be safe, and enjoy the water.
|A few conflicting currents here|
|If you can't be happy catching fish with this backdrop, you need to re-evaluate your life.|