On my way back from a great hike with my wife in the Uintas of Utah, we "found" ourselves the middle fork of the Provo. Great public access led me to the headwaters just below the dam of the Jordanelle reservoir near park city. There were a bunch of guys around but i found a protected stretch with a major mayfly hatch going on and happy dun eaters castable from shore (with some creativity). I have to say despite great flows its been a rough couple months on the WB (as the summer tends to be for me) so it was a delight when these browns would actually EAT. The first was a nicely colored brown close to 15 inches which took a large cdc olive pattern. Did not fight like a west branch brown! Caught four more and in true lout fashion I pushed my luck trying to get the theoretical NJ limit. When i got it I rushed back to the car to the wife who was waiting to go to dinner. Not bad for an hour and a half tactical mission...i will have to explore more or there on a later trip.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
As I made it down into the classic nymphing water I saw a few more guys and got a few more tips. At the plunge pool in the middle of the TCA, I had had it and decided to go medieval. I started nymphing a wooly bugger but that would not satisfy my boredom so i tied on an orange beaded translucent scud pattern and a green lightning bug, size 20 below tied to 6x fluoro tippet. With three unorthodox flies I figured nothing would happen. And nothing did until on the retrieve I suddenly had a fish on. After a bit I realized it may have some size and then i saw its back and tail and realized it was a giant rainbow trout. It was not exactly blowing up my spool but it was intent on staying far away from me though. A guy and his young daughters watched for a while, but as I fought the fish for over 30 minutes they had moved on already when i finally landed it. It was difficult to land on a 15 foot leader (it was on the bottom fly) and it was bigger than my net. Embarassingly i missed the net job several times and chased the fish all over the hole before finally bringing her to net right where I had started. I was very disappointed to see the hook was in the side of her neck rather than her mouth, foul hooked. I could not figure out how to let her breathe underwater while getting out my phone to snap a photo so I let her go. She was over 20" and really fat. I think she must have weighed 5 pounds as it was larger than any fish we caught on the Missouri River this year. What a fish! I was able to remove the hook without touching her and she slithered back into the deep. What a great stretch of water in NJ if you can come across fish like that!
I made my way down, removing the bugger and going with the two fly rig instead, plus indicator. In the bends above the bridge I netted three beautiful rainbows with big heads and vivid colors. They fought and fought, all taking the green lb. I think I am going to tie some of those this winter! Talk about a bicoastal fly!
Near the bridge I picked up a small 9" brown in a scumline where he was supposed to be. What a day! Not sure why I am sitting here typing this rather than going back today...
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Head: Extra small copper bead.
Thread: Size 8/0 (70 denier)—light gray thread
for gray and chartreuse abdomens, black
thread for pheasant tail abdomens.
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers.
Abdomen: Micro Tubing—chartreuse, pheasant
tail, gray, or red.
Rib: Small Ultra Wire, color to match the
Wing case: Pearl Fire-Fly or micro Flashabou.
Gills: White Antron fibers.
Thorax: Olive brown Ice Dub.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
With my trout needle on 98 thus year and Hurricane Sandy beating down on us, Sunday i headed out to the South Branch of the Raritan Ken Lockwood Gorge area.
The water is low and the bugs were sparse. In the classic dry fly bend, some small trout were sipping and i spent three awesome hours there investigating. They did not want isos or bigger olives, it was something tiny. The cool part was a couple small trout of my boot served as Guinea pigs. They thumbed their nose at just about everything. At one point i unfortunately snagged a small brown that had refused, and landed/released safely.
I went through my entire box of baetis, also trying some small midge patterns and tiny spinners. What i could see on the water were a couple tiny pseudos and some very tiny cream midges.
I put on an olive midge pattern with mylar wings from Flystop.com in size 24 behind a large bwo bomber. It was so small and in the film that i had several swirls before i realized they were eating it. Finally in a long down and across drift i firmed up on an 8 inch brown trout to go over the century mark!
Thanks to all who were part of a great year in the water
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I hooked into a small rainbow and big brown in the first five minutes but the steamers went quiet until the very last drift of the day. PG had some hot stretches on the short leash nymph rig. We floated from spite hill to the ramp after mid canon. Saw eagles, mink, mule deer bucks. We boated 10 fish in all and had a wonderful day.
Dex and Doc floated with guide Kurt on the same route and crushed it with the same or more fish than day one!