Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Two in a row !

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I was out Monday and Tuesday afternoon to take advantage of the Hendrickson hatch.  It must be winding down since there was only about a 15 minute hatch on Monday and nothing to speak of on Tuesday.  But the fishing was still off the charts.  Monday I met up with Ben from the leaper blog.  There was a brief hatch and I could see some noses taking duns in a soft eddy behind a large rock in some heavy water.  After readjusting angle and approach to get an acceptable drift with the Hendrickson comparadun, a pair of nice browns were in the net.


A hefty brown that put up a solid battle in the fast water
After the brief hatch, I took the Euro nymphing rod and worked the slots in the fast water and picked up a couple rainbows and another brown. Mid afternoon a bald eagle flew overhead with a brown trout in it's talons.  He made graceful, banked turn showing off his wingspan and white head in the clear sun, a truly impressive sight!  Later the beavers and the waterfowl made their appearances  as well.   Ben opted to stir things up with a "gurgler" and entertained both of us  watching the big browns mash the noisy mess of a fly.  

One of a couple rainbows taken nymphing
After fishing hard all afternoon, I sat down for a rest and waited to see if a spinner fall would occur.  I was hopeful since I had been seeing them most of the afternoon.  As the sun set, the sky filled with egg laying spinners and the trout were taking them with abandon.  The water was being covered with so many spinners that trout were taking the naturals within inches of my fly.  As the light was fading and things wound down, we both had battled and landed quite a few of hefty browns.

Big browns in the dark; the color got washed out in the low light.
Tuesday, I decided the head upriver to see if I could catch the Hendrickson hatch.  There were very few Hendricksons in the air but fish were still rising.  Based on the small dimpled rises, I guessed that there were probably taking olive emergers.  A size 18 olive comparadun was what they were looking for and I was able to land a handful of browns and rainbows.  At one point, I hooked three fish on three consecutive casts.

Brown that was sipping small emergers
At 4PM, I headed back to the spot I was in the night before.  The upper run covered so I picked a good spinner location and swung a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle and picked off a nice rainbow.  


As the sun went down, the wind that had been blowing most of the day died down and the spinners started coming in mass.  It was another stellar evening of spinner fishing with too many fish to keep count to the next and one brute that I got within arms reach before the spinner popped out of his mouth.  Several of the browns were around 16" or better with nice copper colored flanks

A  fat coppery brown in the dark
Two amazing days of fishing that I will remember for quite some time !

15 comments:

  1. That is a really handsome brownie in the last picture, great post.
    Col

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    1. Thanks Col, he was a hefty handful for sure!!

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  2. Great job!! Copper colored brown looks good there!!!!Good Stuff for sure!

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    1. Two great days to be on the river! Too bad you couldn't make in up on tuesday evening

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  3. I love fishing the spinner fall. Nice job Mark, I like the last brown the best.

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    1. LQN - nothing better, I try to hit the Hendrickson spinner fall every year but it's a hit or miss kind of thing.

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  4. Those are some great fish Mark...Nice job!

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    1. Thanks Kiwi - it's not that often that you hook into a good number of them but the Hendrickson spinner fall seems to bring the big boys up year after year.

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  5. A great couple of days fishing Mark, some fine trout you caught there.

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    1. Brian - sure was, thanks for stopping by

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  6. Mark
    Absolute awesome trip, that proves the area you live in is one great place to fish for some beautiful trout. Thanks for sharing one great post!!!

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  7. Thanks Bill - maybe you should come up for a visit some time !

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  8. Mark
    My wife retires Christmas, and we plan on traveling that way in the coming years, who know we may make a visit--thanks

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  9. Great pictures!

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