Hit the Credit river this afternoon for a little fishing. While I was trying to feed the fish something that looked real, I was having more luck feeding the mosquitoes a nice, rich meal of O’Reilly. That was until…..
This guy showed up!
Truth is, the fishing was pretty good in spite of the almost non-existent insect activity. The odd hendrickson was what drove me to tie on a variety of pheasant tails until I arrived at the size/weight/flashiness that they liked. I fished my way down the river hitting the deeper runs and pools. I was eager to announce that I had achieved the "grand slam" of brook, rainbow, brown and one tiny salmon…that was until a fat rock bass nailed a zonker minnow I was twitching through a deep pool. There were only a few rises, including an 8" brook trout that hit that same zonker minnow before it had a chance to sink. By the time I decided to turn around and head back, I was feeling a bit light-headed from the loss of blood. I was starting to sort of like the mosquito bites now~the pain helped to keep me awake. So, the trip upstream was going to be quick. A few casts in all the likely spots, staying low/out of site as much as the particular spot would allow. I took a few casts into a nice slow run hooking another 8" brook trout. Great fun on the 2 weight rod! On about the fourth drift through, I began to lift the rod at the end of the drift when it paused. With the river only about 10" deep, I thought I had snagged the heavy nymph on the bottom. NOPE! It began to swim upstream when I caught a glimpse of it. With the pulling power that followed, I thought for a moment that I’d false-hooked a decent-sized trout. When it turned around and charged downstream, I realized it was a huge brown. The chase was on! After I snapped a few shots, I removed the nymph from the tip of his upper jaw and released him.
Another beautiful day on the Credit river!