Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rainy Day In The Tube

Shoe and I found time to hit a nice stillwater we frequent throughout the year for the first time this season. It produces some excellent and very reliable midge fishing. The quality and quantity of fish can be a bit overwhelming at times. It really can be on fire with the hatches and today was no exception. We were getting takes constantly and fighting mostly brown trout all day long. We had tons of ghost hits, but when you did hook up it was typically a nice brown in the 16 to 18 inch range. The fish were beautiful and feisty and we had a ball battling them and watching their acrobatic displays. Throw in a couple cutthroats to balance things out and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The bad part came when the afternoon rains arrived and never let up. We continued to fish in the rain not thinking about the condition of the road. On the way out it was as if we were driving on a sheet of ice. The top 3 or 4 inches of the road were skating mud. I was glad to have the jeep today as we got out with a nice slow pace without any major problems.

Shoe fighting a nice brown

Shoe romancing a new friend

First SRF cutthroat of the year

The incoming storm that pounded us

A duck tried to bomb me but was just off target

Some of the various browns of the day

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