|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.
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 !