Here is what the water looks like below the bridge from where I was standing which was a little above the deck for those that have been there:
Fantastic scenery! Well, I stayed with the black woolly bugger and over the course of the next hour and a half landed some more fish. Fishing the runs, I managed to pick up 4 fall fish/creek chubs/stone rollers and 1 brown. Not bad but not great. I could see the bows again, but couldn't get them to hit on the bugger. Again, they were breaking the surface and sipping stuff but I had no clue what it was. Here are some photos of the fish I landed:
I give up! This whole thing with blogger rotating the photos is killing me! Does anyone else go through this as well?
Back to the story.....5 fish netted, I decided to go back to the area above the bridge. When I got there, I noticed that more people were fishing out behind cabins 12 and 13. Remembering an article I read years ago, I decided to walk down stream for a bit to get away from people. I figured there had to be some fish down stream that no one had touched yet. As it turned out, I was right. I managed to locate a shallow run not to far above the bridge that held at least 10 rainbows. I could see them just laying on the bottom. I continued to chuck the black woolly bugger. I actually had a few follows but no takers. I decided to switch to a brown woolly bugger and give that a whirl! I managed to see a bow hiding under a rock waiting to ambush something. So, I threw my fly towards him and for once I got the perfect drift. The bow slid out and slammed the woolly bugger. Here he is:
After I released him, he didn't go far. Here he is. Can you see him?
I released that guy and started searching for more. This was sight fishing at its finest. I would locate a bow and cast above it. Letting the woolly bugger swing down til it was right in front of their noses, I would then strip it and get them to chase it. Out of this run, I managed to land two more bows. They were big. Well big for me at least. I will let you be the judge.
I should have brought a bigger net! This last guy or girl took me about 5 minutes to land. I struggled with it using my 3wt. I just didn't have enough power in the 7 foot rod to turn the fish or bring it in. It made several reel screaming, heart stopping runs. I was sure I was going to lose it at any moment. It is by far my biggest rainbow I have ever landed. Actually the biggest trout I have ever landed! I didn't feel that the net really did the fish justice. Against my better judgment, I brought the fish out and set it on a rock next to my rod for a quick photo. For me at least, it was the fish of a life time and no one around to snap a photo of it. Here it is next to my rod:
Again the whole photo turning thing but I think you get the idea. After this fish, I figured I pushed my luck and decided to move back up stream. A check revealed that the other fishermen had called it quits so I was left all alone. I hit another pool and on the first cast I landed this guy:
Nice little brownie that came to the net. A few casts later, I picked up this guy:
This one was beautiful! In the end, I managed to bring 4 creek chubs, 4 rainbows and 2 browns to the net during the evening session. Those bows were huge. Well to me they were. It was a great evening. I couldn't wait to get up Tuesday morning and hit the stream again. Stay tuned for more.