Monday, March 13, 2017

Poking Around My Local


Have a new area I've been wanting to explore for a while.  I know a few streams that are supposed to have trout, but access is the issue.  Took a practice CPA exam this morning and decided to take the afternoon off to see if I could find some trout in this new area.  First stream I tried had some Public Land down low, but was disappointed to find it was too silty to hold trout.  Fished a good stretch that yielded nothing.  Pretty looking water though.



So I was going up the road to try and find higher access when I came across a couple walking the road.  Decided to just roll down the window and see if they knew anything about trout in the area.  The guy happened to own land that follows a trib of the stream and holds trout.  I didn't even have to ask if I could fish his property, he just immediately told me where to park and fish on up, just stop at his house on the way out to report what I caught.  Very nice couple and I was very appreciative of their generosity.  Told me he also had a small pond (20 ft by 10 ft) that he puts stocked trout in, feeds them to 5 to 6 lbs, and then catches them out to eat.  I did mess around with his pets for a little bit, lots of fun on a 2 wt.



He told me some otters have moved in the stream in the past couple of  years and have put a hurting on both the trout in the stream and trout in his pond.  Said the past year he fattened all his trout up and the otters cleaned him out.  He estimates the otters got over 400 lbs of trout.  Said he use to see quite a few brookies in the stream that were around the ft mark, but not since the otters have moved in. I did see a few nice fish, but mostly caught tiny bows.  They did have some neat looking par marks though.








Stopped by the guys house to chat and he showed me the original house to his property.  Hard to put a date on the house he said since it burnt down twice and was built in two different sections, but he has traced evidence back to early 1800's.



Good fishing is always fun, but sometimes you meet people along the way that makes the adventure even more enjoyable and interesting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Elevation Gains Suck

Decided to hit a new stream this past weekend that has been on my radar for a while, but access is tough.  Access from bottom is obsolete and you have to access this stream from the top at 3,600 ft elevation.  There was a 2,000 ft elevation loss to get onto this stream and round trip total of 6 miles was hiked, all for a stream that I wasn't even sure had trout on it.  
 
 
Old hunting shack or logging compound.

Old dam.
 
Guessing this is how the loggers gathered some water up at the top.

There is nothing better than fishing a new stream you are not sure holds trout and landing a brookie.

Old boiler.
 
 



Good size trout for this size stream.


It was a successful outing, but I need to reevaluate access points on this stream.  My legs hurt for days after this trip.  There is 600 ft of elevation gain in a couple hundred yard stretch that about killed me. 


 

Monday, January 30, 2017

January Dry Fly Action

This is a few weeks late, but managed to get out for an afternoon on a stream I hadn't visited in a while.  Was drudging up the bottom with some tungsten when I decided to switch to a dry dropper when I wasn't getting much action.  To my surprise, I started catching them on the shallow drifting dropper and even had a half dozen caught on the dry.  Cannot beat that for January.








Friday, December 30, 2016

Winter SNP Trip

 
Was able to get out this past Monday with a few friends and hit a SNP stream.  This stream typically produces very well for me, but was not the case Monday.  I'm chalking it up to because it was winter and overcast all day.  Still, nobody got skunked and a good time was had by all.
 
 
 











Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sunday Coffee Break

This past Sunday I managed to sneak out for a couple hours on to a stream that is close by with a friend for some brookies and coffee.  In 4 hours of fishing I must of landed about 30 to 40 fish, they just all lacked the size I have grown accustomed to seeing on this stream.  Either way, it was a great way to burn a couple hours.



 


Cannot think of a better way to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

On the Route Brookie Stream

After a few days of camping and not catching fish we packed up camp and hiked out of Stream A.  On the drive back we hit a pretty little quartz base stream that has always treated me well.  Lots of brookies and bows were caught including one brookie pushing 11 inches.  Not a bad way to round out a good camping trip.

Friend's first wild brookie.








Always good to have a stream that produces in your back pocket.  Not a bad way to finish out a good weekend. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Late Fall Backpacking Trip



About three weeks late posting this but better late than never.  First weekend in November, two friends and I decided to head back on a fabled brookie stream for a weekend and try our luck into tricking one of the big brookies that live in that stream.  Unfortunately, the fishing on the stream was really slow.  In two days, 5 fish were caught.  A cold front pushed in the day before we got there and really put the fish down.   It got down to 28 degrees the first night and 30 degrees the second night.  I personally do not believe temperatures affect the trout bite, but am a big believer in barometric pressure in those cold fronts affecting the bite.  Especially when you have a drastic pressure change like we had.  Water levels were also a little below average, but very fishable.  The camping was good with a good fire going each night, almost made you forget how cold it was going to get each night.  I really enjoy cold weather camping.

3 mile hike in.


Few of the fish from the first day.





First evening fire and drying some stuff out.


Hammock setup.  Stayed nice and warm with the lows getting under 30 degrees.


Campfire potatoes.

Steak, potatoes, asparagus, and warming up my feet.

Next morning everything was frozen.

Coffee and small fire.

Thawing out waders.



Good layer of frost on tarp.


Neat tree a beaver was working on downing.






Got a raging fire going on the second night.






Friends bolognese dish.  Hit the spot.


Did I say we had a good fire going?

Awoke to a cup of coffee and packing out.
While the fishing was really slow, a good time was had by all.  It was also worth it just to see two of the biggest brookies I have ever laid eyes on.  I will not make you all roll your eyes at me by throwing out a guesstimate that you will not believe, but lets just say we got some good long looks at these two fish with our jaws on the ground and they could of made a meal out of a 10 inch brookie.  


We decided to pack out the next morning and hit a stream that aways produces for us on the drive back home.  Ended up being a good call, and pictures to follow on another day.