Saturday, February 14, 2009

Early Season Monster

I've been wanting to post this photo for a while now. This chunky trout was caught by my fishing buddy, when he was out fishing by himself. He told me that it was held up over a very light patch on the stream bed. Apparently it was a bit of a handful to land and looking at its tail and general over-weight condition I can understand why. For me, this is the best fish I have seen this season. The tail is solid! I just wonder if it is sea-run?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shades of Brown

My last fishing was in a fairly large free stone river near home. I stopped at the pool near the road that everyone fishes to be met by a number of fussy and fairly clever looking brown trout. I guess this pool had 5-6 fish cruising around. I tried them with a few flies, but they didn't take. They appeared to be feeding and some were cruising the pool. No luck there. Further up the river I was lucky enough to find a small window where guides probably don't fish so heavily as there were no foot prints there. I landed 3 nice fish, all browns and all sporting very different colours. The strangest was the brown at the bottom which had spots right up the tail. You don't see that very often. I caught one fish on a woven body dry and the others on bead-head mayflies.

After releasing them I continued up stream only to find the usual trail foot prints and fish sitting lifeless in the shallows. None of them even interested in my presence or my flies.

Recently on the rivers around here I noticed some pretty big mayfly shucks. As you can see in the photo, some of these swimming mayflies are pretty huge. They must be able to swim at a fare speed. And when you've caught those big browns downstream at he end of your drift, I just wonder if it isn't chasing your fly like it chases those mayflies.

The stream side was alive with cicadas and a variety of other terrestrials. It was a good afternoon fishing.