Day three found me hitting two creeks with plans to meet up with Wendy B. at a pre-determined location around 2pm. Knowing this I decided to hit my home waters quick prior to meeting later in the day. Slightly frustrated at this point I had felt as if I was slipping, I hadn’t caught a fish in too long it seemed. I started fishing a run that I know like the back of my hand and I can almost always pull a fish from this spot. I fished, and fished some more and eventually decided to figure out what the deal was…well as it turns out there wernt any fish in the hole. I was stunned, this is my goto run when I need to see a fish I go here. I’m still formulating ideas regarding where the fish are but at this point I moved upstream and fished some more enjoying another beautiful morning on the water.
I picked quite a few bugs taking samples as I went. On this trip I found my first Cranefly larva, I was surprised to see the size of the larva, huge in comparison to most of the macro-invertebrates found in the trout streams around here. I can see trout taking this guy to the dinner table for sure. Despite the warmer temperatures I was finding little surface activity so I spent most of the morning fishing streamers trying to entice a lunker to take my Rabid Rabbit.
I moved and left with some time to scout out the second location prior to Wendy’s arrival. I found several other fishermen on the stream this day, signs that I haven’t fished this time of year before, normally I don’t see anyone else but spring seems to bring traffic to the streams. This fact has made me alter my opening weekend plans but more on that later.
Wendy and I met and had a short introduction before hiking upstream quite aways to avoid the other stream traffic. I’ve been wanting to meet this guy for a while, knowing that we have much in common I knew we would get along well and we did. I asked my questions and we fished. I spent more time getting my line untangled than fishing but I was happy just to be in the sun. Wendy caught his share of browns nymphing holes and runs and I unfortunately caught nothing continuing my losing streak but I knew it would end eventually. After a few hours in the sun we headed back downstream and fished streamers. I took a water temp of 43 degrees at ~2pm and 47 degrees at ~6:15pm.