Posted in Fishing, General, Trout, tagged Alaska, fly fishing, good water, home waters, nice stretch, summertime, traditional, Trout, you just feel it on November 17, 2009|
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I always look forward to getting back to this spot every year. I’ve never pulled a big fish or a lot of fish out of this stretch. What draws me back each year is the good vibes I get when I’m walking up and down the banks.
It’s just a nice stretch of water that puts a big smile on my face everytime I see it.
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Quote of the day – “You’re not a real fly fisherman until you’ve made your own fly rod.” – Response from the Mrs. when I inquired about a new 5 weight.
I’d planned this trip for weeks. It isn’t often I get the chance to fish a freestone the traditional way. Loaded with dries, nymphs, and small streamers, I was looking forward to wading my favorite freestone. There is just something about fishing a small piece of water…being able to wade anywhere you want and dropping dries and nymphs in pockets here and there.
That was the plan. After arriving streamside, I found out quickly this wasn’t going down the way I thought. Steady rain for the past few days brought the water level up more than I expected. Crossing anywhere was treacherous at best. I attempted one crossing only to get spun around after losing my footing and almost getting swept away. Sometimes you gotta know when to fold’em.
The major increase in cfs looks to have flushed the stream clean. No trout at the end of the line for me. The entire day I saw one trout do a splashy rise. Too bad for me it was on the other bank and with raging water between us it was hopeless. I tried everything. At one point I positioned myself 60 feet downstream and forced my way as far into the middle as I could. I made cast after cast…landing my fly in the slot only to have the current grab my fly line and drag my offering away. Frustration doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Later in the day I managed to run into the fellow that left this. A pleasant chap who fortunately wanted nothing to do with me. The feeling was mutual.
The summer this year has been less than cooperative. I think this month we’ve only had one sunny weekend with temperatures above 65. Cool weather and rain is in the forecast for the next 5 days. If this holds up I’m probably looking at next year to hit the freestone again traditional style.
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