I had so much fun last week down on the Elbow I did it again. This time, however, I fished downstream of the Elbow and though I never found any water as productive as my honey hole, I did find some good fishing. I also “camped” again and this time, I got some usable footage that become a YouTube video I will debut next week. All in all, I had a good day and there aren’t too many left before the river starts to ice up and shut down for all intents and purposes until spring.
So, like last week I left home about 12:30 pm and got to the spot I wanted to fish a little after one o’clock. It was warm but there was that chill in the air you get this time of year. I donned my gear and hit the river, first hiking a bit down stream to some good-looking water. I hooked my first fish of the day on a nymph and I spend the rest of the afternoon finding trout where you’d expect them, all rainbows this time around, with a light but steady breeze at my back that chilled me as the sun got low in the sky.
I switched to a dry early on when I spotted some fish rising and stuck with it until the end. In some riffles, trout were rising pretty aggressively but taking emergers, I suspect, as often as dries. In other spots, mostly the flatter water, the fish rose more sporadically. I bet a nymph would have done well too but sometimes dries are just too much fun. Most of the rainbows were between eight and ten inches but a few went up to maybe eleven or even twelves inches.
About 4:30 I was getting hungry and my back was getting sore so I packed it in and set about making dinner. Mountain House spaghetti and meat sauce this time. A little runny but tasty enough. After that, I whipped up some hot chocolate. Damn, that hit the spot as the air began to cool. I leaned up against the Jeep, enjoyed the hot chocolate and listened to Peter Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do” as it got dark. A little bit of perfect.
So anyway, I had another great day on the East Walker. As a side note, my back (really the nerve that runs down my leg that my shoddy lower spine is pinching) felt pretty good. My leg hurt a few times and after about three hours my back was getting sore (probably from all the bending and walking on the uneven stream bed as much as anything) but all in all both this trip and the last one were pretty good. The back’s not better but for the most part I’m able to manage the pain.
Probably won’t get out next week. I’ve got some writing and editing to do. Looks like next week will be the end of temperatures in the 60′s for a while but the weather looks generally good for the next couple of weeks. You never know. I might get burned out on the writing and sneak out. High school football is over too so I might get the kids out with me fishing or shooting before basketball practice starts in a few weeks. But now that I’ve rediscovered hot chocolate, I might just stay home where it’s warm and drink some of that.
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