Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Life on the shady side of the stream
My friend Dave and I planned to fish a local river with Al (noconympher.com) and JT on Friday. Alas, we had a few scheduling conflicts come up, and had to hit the river on the next day. Al had given me an intel report that was very helpful, and I took the extra time to check my gear since this was my first first trip to the water since the calendar year changed.
We traveled up the canyon until we reached a favorite location. As I put my gear on, I felt the same excitement that I used to feel when hitting the river in Michigan on the first day of trout season. The weather was fantastic for mid-March, a bright sunny day in the 70's, with little to no wind.
There was still snow and ice on stretches of the river, but the water was mostly open. The water was at a decent flow level, and the clarity was striking. It reminded me of fishing saltwater flats...you had to wade very carefully to avoid startling the fish.
Dave and I started to fish together on a stretch that had some deep pools and pocket water. I was fishing on the side of the river that had the sunlight, and Dave's side had plenty of shade caused by the position of the sun. I caught another one on a fake ABU, but Dave started to hammer the fish, catching close to a dozen. We were fishing the same flies, same general technique, with the difference maker whether we fished in the sunny or shady side of the river.
With the water so clear, cold, and relatively low, the trout were hanging in the safety of the shade. It really is the little things that matter some days!
It was a great day to be out on the stream, and hopefully will be a sign of good fishing days to come.
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I could use a Poudre fix right now...ReplyDelete
Would love to fish it with you!Delete
Mike! Glad you could get up and enjoy the weather. Awesome post and sounds like you not only had great weather and Dave's company but ya guys got into some fish! Gotta love it! Nice pics and gorgeous fish! Look forward to the next outing!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Al. We've got to hit the river together soon!Delete
Mike, invite Cameron out and let's have a party on the Poudre.ReplyDelete
Howard, that is a great idea, I'm in!Delete
An authentic fishing lesson, congratulations and thanks for sharing the experience. Great blog, you have a new follower ;)ReplyDelete
Mario, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the feedback, and thanks for following the site.Delete