Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Golden Ticket....


Went to another local stream the other night in pursuit of the drakes and they were present as usual. Mike and I met up around 4:00pm to fish and we did pretty well nymphing for the first 2 hours. Between the two of us we had 25-30 fish landed in that run. Then the thunderstorms came by and had us get out of the water. While on the banks, we started to see drakes doing their thing on the surface. Garrett joined us for some dry fly action in the evening. There were alot of March Brown Spinners, Tan Caddis, BWO, and Yellow Sallies flying around. Its getting better each and every day. 
In other news, I was offered a great bird dog puppy for a good rate. I am working on my wife to allow me to get this puppy. Great bloodlines and parents were grand champion grouse dogs. Maybe sometime this week I will have pictures of a new English Setter on the blog to add a new feature to this blog. I plan on journaling my training progress through the blog if I end up with the puppy. Garrett, the newest guide to our operation, has a Gordon Setter. Great looking dog with a good nose. Here is a photo of his setter.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good Old Friend Is Back....


Needs no explanation....


Nice Brown....

Left after school to fish in the mountains for the evening. There was a decent amount of bugs in the air, but only a few fish willing to play on the surface. In the air were March Browns, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies, and the occasional Olive. I had to nymph most of the evening and a large stone seemed to work rather well with a dropper. Around 7pm, I noticed a few fish rising to some drakes, but only managed two fish on top. I met up with Mike after his trip and we caught about 15 from 6pm to dusk. Hopefully the flows continue to drop a little bit more and fish will look up some more. Tight Lines... 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Little "J"...




This past week I had the opportunity to fish the Little Juanita twice. The first day being 05-08-11 (Happy Mother's Day MOM) and the second was 05-10-11.
Day 1: Had a chance to fish with two fellow Blogger's Matt and Bill (Grobe's Angling and Adventures). Most of day one was all about the subsurface game, my most consistent set up was a Dun Sulphur with various nymph patterns as the dropper. I think there were enough Sulphurs hatching periodically through out the day it had the fish feeding higher in the water column. So I fished a very shallow dropper rig and it produced. The best fish I caught this day is the very bottom picture. Unfortunately it really never turned on as far as the dry fly actions goes, but still fished well most of the day.
Day 2: This is now only two days later, but the fishing was very different! Early morning produced a decent tan caddis hatch, this had the fish going for at least two hours. Garret and I ( Garret being our newest member of the guide family) were able to cast to some rising fish and hooked and missed a few on the surface. While this was going on I was lucky enough to land my largest trout to date on the "J". Picture Below the snake (we will address that later) this fish fell to my new favorite pattern of the season. We guessed this fish in the 20-22 inch range, and it had decent mass as well. As day two progressed we manged to land a few more on caddis patterns and various nymphs. As evening approached we made our claim to a juicy piece of water in hopes that the sulphurs would show. And show they did, it wasn't quite the full blown sulphur hatch we are used to running into on the Juanita. When the fish finally decided to eat it got crazy, it seemed as if they were eating every bug they seen. It just so happened I had a pattern that was like crack to the fish, and I could do no wrong. It was one of my better evenings of dry fly fishing in a long time! The bulk of the activity happened from 7 pm till after dark, with the 8 o'clock hour being the best. Garret and I had what some may call an epic evening on the water.
As for the snake picture: We had seen something swim across the river about 70 yards down stream. I thought it was a Beaver or Otter, and Garret claimed it was a snake. Curiosity got the best of both of us and we went to take a look, this guy is what we say. A eastern timber Rattle Snake at least 3 feet long. It had made it on the the river bank and still was quite lethargic due to the water temps. We were able to get a few pictures before he got motivated again, then left him alone. It was the largest Rattle Snake I have seen in the wild personally. Sorry for being long winded with this post, had a lot to talk about...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Short Bike Ride....

New Stretch of Water...



What was left of my Clouser....


When I mean short bike ride, I'm talking less that a minute to the stream.  I fished by my house for only about an hour. It was very productive. I landed six bronzebacks on an olive/white Clouser Minnow in that time frame. As you can see in the picture above, I need to tie some more. The largest bronze I landed was about 12-13 inches and put up a great fight on my 5wt rod. If I don't fish in the mountains today after school, I plan on tying a few more Clousers to head back to this stretch and walk a little bit further down from where I stopped. I think it will be well worth it...
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

"They're In There...."

Trillium

Nice Brook Trout after Work...



This guy had alot of spunk..


As soon as the last school bell sounded, I was poised to head up the mountain to get some fishing in. I got to the stream a little bit after 330 pm and fished till around 8pm. The water was up a bit more from the rain the previous evening, but there were alot of bugs in the air. I saw March Browns, Caddis, Stones, and some BWO. The only bad part, none of the fish were looking up. So I put on some nymphs and preceded to do rather well. That Brookie that landed was a solid fish and good fight. He had taken my dropper as did most of the fish that day. The next cast was the story of the day. I hooked this brown that jumped three times and then ran me down stream at least 50 yards. Mike and I gave chase and tired the fellow out since neither one of us had a net. After that, we picked fish up in about every stretch that looked fishy. It was a nice evening to be fishing as well as having the stream pretty much to your self. In the parking lot, I met the only other fisherman that was on the water with us. Richard said he did well nymphing too. Hopefully see you soon on the stream again...
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Father...Son...Fishing Trip...

Grant with his first trout ever....





Charles and his son Grant....

Had a great time with Charles and his son Grant this past Saturday. I know I'm a little late on posting some material this week, but I have been busy. We fished our private stream just off property since all of the other waters were rather high still. Grant was a natural at picking up the casting and any instruction that was given to him. He proved that with in the first 15 minutes of the trip by landing his first trout ever. He had a huge smile when he set that hook. It was a slow day on the stream throwing streamers,but every fish that chased the streamer, we hooked. Later that day, when running an errand to the resort, I saw Grant with his tackle box heading to lake PJ. Charles e-mailed me the following day and said he caught some bass there as well. This kid has the fishing bug bad...

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