Trail leading in...
A month without fishing is too long, so I was especially excited to get out Saturday. The day came without a time restriction, but I knew by 1 or 2 o'clock the sun would be high, the bite slow and kayaks prevalent. So I got out around 6:30 and caught my first fish by 7:00. Conditions were great; sunny, but cool and a little overcast. The stream ran at average flow and clear. When I arrived one other car was in the parking lot. I brought two 4wt rods; a Z-Axis and ESN. I badly wanted to fish the ESN, but knew carrying a 10' rod through the bush and the desire to throw dries at some point in the day made the Z-Axis the logical choice. Knowing I had the day, I began with a hike and started fishing where I finished last time out. It felt like fishing a new stream covering water I hadn't seen since winter. I fished like a golfer trying to drive every par 4, maybe a little overanxious from the layoff. Sometimes it landed on the green other times in ended in the sand trap. When I got hung up it tended to be on subsurface debris forcing me to decide either to break off the fly or go in after it and disturb the hole. I made my decision based on the fly and how many fish I felt were left in the spot, but didn't feel good about either choice. Fish were caught on a variety of flies from an Adams, Deer Hair Emerger, GD's Catnip, CDC Golden Stone and 6-8 inches behind them all a Disco Duck. All fish were of average size except for those that came unbuttoned, they were much bigger. I ran into pockets where I could do no wrong and caught a lot of fish, surprisingly, in less than a foot of water. Those fish seemed to be the most athletic making a good account of themselves. Walking the stream I got the sense the river changed more this year than those in the past. Everything seemed wider and flatter, but perhaps it's in my head or just summer conditions. Either way it was a gorgeous day and the fishing was its equal.
This is becoming one of my favorite non-fishing hobbies, hiking up these mountain feeder creeks. Not sure what I'm hoping to find, maybe a pool of wild fish? One thing is for sure they are filled with character, wish the pictures did them justice.