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Thrillbilly
12-14-2010, 8:58 PM
It was cold and raining hard when I left my house to go pick up my friend for a little fishing. On the way to his house he texted me “Dude it is raining like a mother****er out here”. I arrived at his house a short time later; we put his stuff in the car and headed out.

I was looking forward to today’s trip as it was a bit of a change from swinging flies. Not that I mind fishing for those overgrown trout or anything. It was just kind of nice to get out and do something different.

It was pouring rain on us for the entire drive. I said to him “What’s even better is that the weather report is calling for gusts of 25MPH after 1:00”. Oh well we were here to fish; not to ***** about the weather. Once we reached the turnoff the rain subsided. Now if it says like this it should be pretty good. That is if it isn’t blown out or anything.

As I made my way around a corner I got my first look at the river. **** “it looks like chocolate milk” I said. Well we had come this far so it was time to see if the whole river was like this or if it was a “local” event.

Driving up river the sediment seemed to decrease. Once we got to a hole that I fish often it seemed good enough to give it a go. I parked; we got our crap ready and walked down to the water.

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We fished the whole run for quite a long time. The only action that happened was when he hooked a fish; it took a good run and broke him off. It was a strange day indeed; whatever the fish wanted I surly didn’t have, or did I? You see I got caught in that trap of using what had “worked before” and not checking out what was going on.

After a little while I said “let’s grub and go check out a different spot”. Well as we got closer to the next spot the river began to discolor again. At the spot I wanted to check out the water looked like coffee with a little too much creamer in it. As we drove further upriver I spotted the culprit. One of the feeder creeks was chugging a whole lot of mud into the main river.

One we got above the feeder creek the water began to clear again. The only problem now was that there were cars parked in the open runs. So we decided to turn around and go back to where we started. This time though I decided to go in a completely different direction with my fly selection. This proved to be a wise choice. On my second cast I managed to hook and land the first fish of the day.

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You know I always chuckle a little when fish in that size range go crazy for #20 patterns. One would think that they would ignore such “insignificant” foods. Yes they even go crazy for such things in the spring and summer when the food is a lot more plentiful.

A short time later I hooked the second fish. Well after a nice fight this guy decided to save me the trouble and unhook himself at my feet. I took a look at my nymph rig and noticed my mid fly was showing signs of wear. I replaced it with the exact same fly. I cast out, hooked and landed the smallest fish of the day.

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I told my buddy that I was going to sit out for a bit and he needed to catch something. So I sat there and just enjoyed being away from the daily grind that is life. Unfortunately he never did catch anything the entire day. Oh well there is always next time.

Big Jake
12-15-2010, 4:00 AM
Great fish thrillbilly. Great to see you post another story as I always enjoy your posts!

Fjold
12-15-2010, 6:47 AM
Beautiful browns, TB

Thrillbilly
12-19-2010, 10:06 AM
Thanks! I just love winter fishing; now if it would just get a little colder.

crittergitter4
12-19-2010, 8:04 PM
Pretty Brown!

portegee
12-22-2010, 10:49 AM
Great report keep'm coming I can't wait to get back out