Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Back To The West Branch






















I had a little free time this afternoon so I took the opportunity to visit the West Branch and check up on those stockies. I tried all my favorite spots, but wasn't having any success. Saw lots of bug life, midges everywhere and even a few early sulphurs. Unfortunately, the trout seemed uninterested in eating anything- real or not. And no rises anywhere, which was surprising. I thought about packing it in. Then the sun started going down and it was a totally different situation...

The spot I was fishing started producing trout after trout. The first one was a nice brown- a good 14 inches and feisty for his size. I hooked a few more of these new residents and then I set the hook on what I immediately knew was a nice fish. This guy ran up and down four times and gave my new reel the test I've been waiting for. I finally got him to net and breathed a sigh of relief. He was a beautiful orange yellow, with a pronounced kype. I managed to get a couple photos in the low light and sent him back to the stream that has been his home for a while now. And to think I almost left.