Since my friend, Al, was nice enough to give us a “heads up” on the damn dam flows being shut down to just the low flow valve I had to make plans to get up and fish the ole gal. With all the rain and damn dam issues it’s been a rare event to be able to wade her.
I let the sun come up and begin to warm the day up before I hit the road. Hit the empty parking lot at 11 and hiked in to Sally’s Pool, tried a BWO emerger until I realized it was fruitless and then went with a nymphing rig, splitcase / rs2 combo. The wild browns took the fly ever so gently and I’m certain that many strikes went undetected, but enough came to hand to keep it interesting and I was glad that I made the trip.
I wondered what the trout would be thinking after about 7 months of flows ranging from 400 to several thousand cfs suddenly being cut to 45 cfs, the previously “normal” low flow wade fishing level. Would they all hunker down and freak out at the low water? It took a bit of time, but I found them along the seams of fast water and in some of the deeper slower runs. It was great to be back fishing the old spots again. I did get into a pod of stockers, normally I haven’t found many down this far from the stocking points, but I guess with the increased flows they have been dispersed further down along the river.
Around 3 a couple of other anglers showed up, one crashed through the woods, low holeing me, why he didn’t take one of the many cut-throughs is beyond me, and then he turned around and reentered further downstream at one of the paths. And then Roy, from SRTU high holed me, I could tell it was him by his hat. Hemmed in now I called it quites and headed back to the car for some sardines doctored up with some hot sauce,
The day sort of looked like this…
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