Fun Farm

Today was my first day at the fly shop and it went great.  After work I decided to go fishing since the weather was so nice.  I first headed up to warm river to see if any caddis were coming off.  They were coming off like crazy but there werent a whole lot of fish on them at all.  I drove down to the take out at Ashton and spoke to a man who had floated the river and fished all day.  He said the fishing was very slow and he only saw two fish up on bugs all day.  I was disappointed that none of the fish were keying in on the bus but expected it a little to the rivers rising flows.  I decided to venture further downstream and hit fun farm, which turned out to be a good choice.  I pulled up and watche for some rises and found one fish rising pretty regularly.  I got in position and casted and he hit the fly pretty quickly.  Unfortunately for me I got a little excited and pulled the hook straight out of his mouth.  Needless to say he was no longer interested when I casted again.  I decided to move further upstream and check out a flat that I like to fish.  No fish were up on it so I decided I would swing a wooly bugger dropped with a rubber legs.  This was the ticket.  Just a few casts in I had a nice trout on the end of the line.  I didn’t realize it was a fish until it was too late though and it got off.  I managed a couple trout and missed a few others as well.  I saw one whopper of a fish rise that I hope lives in that stretch of river so I have a chance at him next time.

Caddis on The Fork

With the warmer weather I was hopeful that some caddis would be coming off.  When I arrived at the river not much was going on so I decided to change spots.  As I drove to my next spot and got out of the car I saw many caddis starting to fly around.  I walked up to the flat I wanted to fish and didn’t see much action going on up top so I started throwing a nymph rig.  Eventually a couple fish started rising on the caddis, despite the windy weather.  I decided to switch to a dry fly rig and try my best to trick one of the finicky trout.  The first couple patterns I tried werent too succesful but the third did the trick.  I got a strike quickly from a decent sized fish but unfortunately missed him.  Undettered I continued throwing my fly at him but he felt the hook once and wasn’t interested in feeling it again.  I decided to move and found a few more risers and managed to pull a little dink out of the pod.  Eventually my fly became too wet and it wasn’t floating at all.  Unfortuately for me I had no floatant and I was getting tired of changing flies every couple minutes to keep them floating, so I switched back to a nymph rig.  I decided to swing a hares ear in front of some of the risers.  I missed a few hits but evetually landed a nice fat rainbow.  Not many fish were caught but it was a fun day on the river.