Mar. 4th, 2011: Trash Creek

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  • AT: 8:46am, DT: 3:50pm
  • AAT: ~36°F, DAT: ~37°F
  • WT: 8:46am 42°F, 11am 44°F, 3:50pm 46°F
  • Wind Nil until 2pm
  • Clear Water on Arrival
  • Midge in the Snow on Arrival

I planned to assess the water where I parked then hike downstream but after taking initial water temps and checking the rocks, the trout rising at ~9am were too much for me to walk away. I told myself one or two then downstream, a dozen or so later and it was 10am. I was fishing a longer (11ft) leader and had some trouble getting it to open up completely with the slight breeze coming at me. I moved maybe 6ft in the first two hours, thinking to the recent reading regarding the speed of sound through water. Trout less than twenty feet away and my clunky boots grinding the gravel. The midge in the morning were larger, [singlepic id=2364 w=355 h= 275 float=left]#20’s with a few #22’s mixed in. As the day would have it the trout did not stop rising.

I fished the first two hours in the same spot in just my long sleeve shirt with the net handy quickly landing trout and cleaning up my fly. Landed quite a few fish with a single #20 Jujubee Midge, nothing over 12inches and nothing under 7inches a steady hard fighting group, most were picked off by sight, waiting, fishing to the rise in rhythm. A handful came as pleasant surprises when a poor cast was allowed to drift long or an unintended target swooped in for the take. At 11am I had fished the run through and either put down or caught every fish that was rising, some [singlepic id=2361 w=320 h=240 float=right]remained striking the surface in upstream reaches but they had slowed and were in slower slack water. I put on my coat and hiked downstream.

Swung a #8 Black SMB for quite a while getting nowhere. Looking for a bigger brown or rainbow but neither were seen. One long distance release on a brown that looked to be roughly 14inches. I rigged a #8 Hairball and trailed it with a #16 Black Swimming PT, my Dark Hendrickson (E.Subvaria) nymph imitation. The PT took more fish than the Hairball but it got a couple in. The afternoon was kind of slow, hiking back upstream fishing a pocket here or a run there picking up a bit of trash as I went. Sad to see such an excellent fishery with such life littered with aluminum and plastic, in my time visiting here this seems to be the rule and thus the name Trash Creek.

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I rounded the day out hiking further upstream than I had planned but I saw aggressively rising trout and didn’t want to waste the opportunity. My #20 Jujubee Midge fooled three but the rest weren’t having it, size does matter. The majority of the afternoon midge were much closer to #24/26. I swapped back to the #8 Black SMB and fished a couple more deep holes managing a handful of 12-13inch browns. Hiking upstream I took note of brown puddles created by perhaps a concerning amount of cow manure coming from a pasture area upstream. Piles of manure all the way to waters edge, this can’t be good for the water quality. Trash Creek, bummer. I finished and hiked out taking a final water temp (46°F)  in the same riffle I took the morning assessment.  Final Note: Ephemerella Subvaria and Baetis were here in large quantities, Baetis in the slightly slower water upstream from faster riffles and the Subvaria all over the rocks in the fastest part of the riffles. Get ready, provided things go well with the melt April looks to be excellent.

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4 Comments:

  1. Thanks for the pics. I love that second trout image. Why are you fishing 11 foot leader?

    Which I’d have logged that day on the water.

  2. Why exactly. Probably because I was too stubborn to cut it down after I started. I probably would have been fine with a 8 or 9ft leader and 10-12inches of 6x. Rookie mistakes, I make them. I think thats a big portion of why I’m itching to get back to Trash and see if I can do better.

    Either way the day spent backcasting a long leader will pay off in the long run. I would point out though that the longer leader and this is with tippet at 11ft did not spook fish, when they are close and your fly line spooks them the longer leader makes a difference in my opinion.

  3. Very nice blog.
    I need to add you to my roll.
    Keep up the good work!

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