Over the past year I have had the opportunity to fish with a lot of different people from many different walks of life. Fishing with others has become one of the most enjoyable parts of the fishing experience for me. Every angler has something unique about the way they fish and there is always something to be learned from them. A friend is always there to offer a helping hand when you might need one. Long hikes go by quickly when you are able to reflect on and share old fishing stories with friends along the way. A little over a week ago, Chris, Jared, Gilbert, and I were able to fish together on one of our favorite local rivers. It was Chris’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to go catch some beautiful wild ‘bows?
One of my First Fish of the Day
Small but Pretty Wild ‘Bow
It didn’t take long for us to hook into some beautiful ‘bows. The fishing started off a little slow, but once we found the right spot it really turned on. Between the four of us, someone usually had a fish on the end of their line. We caught fish on everything from San Juan worms to Wooly buggers and other streamers. The temps were in the mid 30’s, winds were light, and skies were overcast. What better conditions could you ask for? One of the best parts of the day was the number of wild fish that we were able to catch. Wild ‘Bows are gorgeous this time of year and the cold water helps them have plenty of energy to put up a good fight. It is always encouraging to see a fishery with a good balance of wild and healthy trout.
Another factor that made the fishing all the better was how aggressive the fish were. The subtle takes that are the norm in winter were nowhere to be found. Throwing San Juan Worms and Size 12 nymph patterns is so much more enjoyable than using size 20-24 midges. There was no mistaking a strike with a snag on the bottom.
I’m not sure why the fishing was so good on this particular day, but there is no doubt that it was one of the best days of fishing I’ve ever had. It just goes to show that great fishing can still be had on very heavily pressured waters. You might have to put a little extra foot work in, but it is usually worth it. With the trout averaging over 20″ and each of us catching 25+ fish a piece, we were all satisfied with our day on the water.