|-- Fishing with Howard --|
|-- Drive up the Canyon --|
During the drive, we shared lots of stories, both good and sad, and realized that we have a lot in common.We both share common values about fishing--time on the water, especially in beautiful places with friends, is as good as it gets. Catching fish is a bonus.
|-- A little runoff, but fishable --|
The road up the canyon follows the river which was fast with runoff, but not unfishable. We stopped at a spot to scope the river then drove on to a second spot.
Gearing up at the car, I tied on a Goddard Caddis and Howard rigged up a new leader and started with a rubber legged nymph. I used a LL Bean Double L 3 wt, 6'6" stick and Howard his trusty 4 wt glass rod. The Double L was a gift from my son (Troutdoors) and wife from last Christmas. It is a sweet light weight 4-piece rod that fits nicely in a suitcase.
|-- Rigging up --|
There was one guy in the middle of the stream in waders flailing away and not catching anything. We also saw some prospectors. Howard tells me some folks can do well panning for gold in these hills. There was also a motorcycle officer talking with a couple of rangers. Lot's of activity for mid-morning on a Friday. The ranger asked if we had our licenses but didn't come and check-said he trusted us. Howard tells me he has never been checked for a license on this stream.
|-- Almost had the stream to ourselves --|
We worked the section upstream and down aways. I saw a couple rise to my Goddard Caddis, but they weren't taking my offering. With the swift current, I was keeping my fly close to bank through sections of pocket water. I was having a hard time seeing the Goddard Caddis on the water and seeing some small, white winged caddis flying above the water, I switched to a size 16 olive caddis with a light tan wing.
|-- Howard working a nice run --|
|-- Mr. Windknots & Tangled Lines keeping true to his namesake --|
Howard graciously let me cast at a spot we both thought looked promising.
|-- Nice spot for a drift along the bank --|
|-- First brownie to hand --|
|-- Another Brownie --|
|-- And Another --|
|-- Smile for the camera --|
|-- A Rainbow that provided some aerobatics while landing --|
|-- Same bow --|
|-- Another Brown --|
|-- A little Brown that attacked a size 8 Stimulator --|
The largest one, close to 12 inches calmly sipped in the fly and allowed me to bring him to the bank, but also calmly unhooked himself (I fish barbless) and slid back into the stream while I was pulling out the camera.
This was the most trout I've ever landed in one day, so a major bonus on our outing. I was joking with Howard after calling it a day and heading back for a late lunch, that when I used to ski a lot, we would judge the ski day by the cost per run. Getting that below a $1/run was a good day for sure. Well on this day, my cost per fish was definitely less than a $1.
The best $9 ever spent on fishing.
Howard dropped me off at the hotel. I scoped out google earth and found a pond & stream within walking distance. Decided to check it out and, much to my surprise, found these 2 to 3 ft tailing carp in the pond.
|-- Tailing Carp --|
|-- Clear water and easily 2 to 3 ft. size Ghosts --|
|-- Queue theme to Jaws music --|
Again, I must thank my most gracious host for guiding me on his home waters. Howard is a wonderful man and it is a privilege and honor to meet face to face and spend time on the water together. Mr. Windknots & Tangled Lines, you are always invited to come and chase fish in my home waters.