Drove on up expecting to see a crowded parking lot.
Don’t know where everybody was, maybe they are working? I can’t wait for things to get back to normal, where, during the week the parks are mostly empty.
Hiked in a mile and fished a couple of spots I like. Mayflies emerging and even saw a trout rise. Whoop Whoop! Lots of little black stones and Quill Gordons too.
I’m still fishing the same rig with a stimulator and rubber legs dropper. I keep telling myself to sharpen the hook on the dropper, but forgot again. I missed a lot of fish today. They managed to get off before I could get a hold of them. The ones that took the dry were ever so cautious and slow, drifting back with the fly and rising ever so slow with a lethargic sip at then end or a refusal.
Mostly brook trout up to 9” with the majority being 5-6” along with a few rainbows that were colored nicely. I flubbed many photos, with fish slipping out of hand or jumping out of the net. It was just one of those days.
I hopped around a bit, skipping over sections and ended up at the start of the gorge section. . I only saw one hiker during the day. She hiked to the homestead and back.
As the days get longer and warmer, I’ll be pushing further up the creek.
I climbed out at the branch that leads up to the bridge on the trail. This area will soon be covered in savory nettles.
It was 5:00 and as I walked down the path I ran into a couple of young hikers on there way up. They were making good time with their hiking sticks but I wondered after they passed, would they get up to the parkway before dark?
I tried out the Lifestraw Go, It’s really nice to have an unlimited amount of water! Keeping the pack light and refilling as necessary. I’m not big on maintenance, but I took it apart and rinses as instructed, letting it dry after use.
Here is the photo dump of the rest of the day…
ex "I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!"
me "There's a season???"
I wish there were more people here that put up the type of quality shit you do. Been feeshn' lately? - Ryan