January 18th, 2018

Notes of Interest:

  • Fished from 11am-3pm.
  • Midge were crawling on the banks at 11:30am.
  • Airtemp on arrival 28° F.
  • Saw only a single rise all afternoon.
  • Trout were holding deep.
  • Fished nymphs deep and streamers in the shallow.

I’m not an expert when it comes to fly fishing for trout and I’ll never claim to be. I’m also not so proud as to say I walked away from the creek today perhaps a bit frustrated and humbled. Four hours hiking, fishing, filming and I managed a single brown trout. I was trying different flies, spying for rising trout, going slow, keeping a low profile, all the things that your supposed to do. I spent most of the day rollcasting. Regardless I got schooled, it happens to the best of us (or at least I’m telling myself that). I’m sure the trout fishing in other places was better but today, for me, under sunny skies with a minimal wind I was coming up empty. I fished a section of habitat improvement that I’ve not yet fished and I was astonished, blown away even at how deep it was. I believe this contributed to my lack of success, I mean it can be hard to get small nymphs down deep fast. As a good friend of mine likes to point out, your not where you need to be if you’re not getting snagged or hung up on the bottom every couple of casts.

I also re-learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes its better to do fewer things well than more poorly. I tried filming and fishing and it was going ok until I brought out more equipment then it just all hit a tipping point and I had to put all the cameras away. Between my phone, go pro, and video camera it just got to be too much. I’m figuring out my style with this whole filming thing and ultimately my reason to goto the creek is to enjoy it and as soon as I wasn’t I put it all away and just fished and hiked. Lesson re-learned. I’m sure (because I’m stubborn) I’ll end up revisiting this lesson again.

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