This morning was the TU Adopt A Trout program in cooperation with Wyoming Game & Fish. We had 42 fifth graders out on a field trip to the stream to learn about stream ecology, fish telemetry studies, fish tagging, macro invertebrates, and fly casting. I had a great time helping the kids on the fly casting station. [I'll get more info on the Adopt A Trout day up on the LVTU website soon.]
Ten fifth graders casting in the Wyoming wind
In the afternoon, I took off for a lake that winter killed this past winter. I had heard a tip (thanks Derek) that the spring 7 inch stockers were running in the 16 inch range and that fall hunger was resulting in some good action. The wind was blowing well, but I was able to get it at my back and cast the sinking line, covering a lot of water on each cast. I was able to connect with quite a few of these rainbows and managed to land six in a short session of wading water deep enough to reach the top of the chest waders. They were super hot fish, running, jumping, feisty and strong. The sinking line was the ticket today. I couldn't believe the bend these fish were putting in my six weight. A great ending to a fun day with a focus on trout from start to finish. The big question here is will we be able to get this lake through winter this year without another kill? Spring of 2013 will hold the ultimate answer on that front.