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Given a tip by a reliable source I found myself on the water at 8:30am rigged with a SMB. The hot tip was that the DNR in preparation for the holiday weekend had dumped a bunch of fatty rainbow stockers in a location that I visit on occasion, not really that hot of a tip as the DNR stocks certain waters before every holiday weekend. I wanted to get down there and take a few fish home for eats, knowing the reaction that the stocked Rainbow trout have had with the SMB I figured it would be pretty easy to take my share and be on my way.
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I stopped at the closest run and put the SMB through it, first pass was a bit too short. The second pass felt a take but a poor hook set kept the fish in the water. Having witnessed these stocked Rainbows smack this fly and get off only to smack it agin within moments, I put my fly right back in the drink and sure enough one hard strike on the retrieve in and I was into my first of these fish. Interesting that the fish’s stomach contents were empty, perhaps a reason why they smacked the crap out of my fly. These were good sized stockers and they fought pretty well, kind of made me think I was in Reno, straight up Trout NV. After cleaning the first one up I took two more before I was seeing dimples and splashy rises, the SMB’s effectiveness was waining and it was Trico time. Sweet.
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I moved upstream and put myself in position, re-rigged my rod with a #22 Trico-spinner pattern and waited a bit. The air temp was rising rapidly, I sat and took off my coat watching where the majority of the trout were holding as the cloud of Trico’s above the riffle grew and grew. I started swinging and noticed something that caught my interest. The last time I was on the Trico hatch as long as the fly was just above the surface you were in the money, this time around I took a majority of my fish just under the surface. It was not until the later portion of the hatch were the fish taking my fly on the surface. In the span of an hour I took close to twenty tiny Brown trout on a single spinner pattern, after having my fill of tiny rockets I turned my attention to the fish that had been rising every ten seconds or so for close to an hour. I tried for close to fifteen minutes to properly present a fly to that fish, I was curious if it was larger than the rest but due to long distance and directly crossing the seam with my line I knew my chances were slim, I had to try though. I found it interesting that in this time I pulled no rainbow trout from the stream, they just weren’t eating the Trico’s. After the hatch abruptly ended at ~11am I fished around for a bit but it was slow going, at this point I exited with my bounty.
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