Friday, December 23, 2011

A Thingama WHAT ?

Stepping into the frigid water, I became alive with a rush of adrenaline as the coldness crept its way up my spine. As I zipped  my jacket up around my neck to keep what heat I had in from escaping, I watched as my glasses fogged up with every breath I took. Had to pull the buff down from my face so the next step taken wasn't into a deep hole or onto one of the slippery rocks hidden below the waters surface.
As the cast landed upstream I couldn't help but think of days ago as I sat watching the cork bobber in anticipation of a fish, now I was watching a thingamabobber as it danced through the current pulling along an egg with a San Juan worm tied to it followed by a midge. Wait!!!!!! was I trout fishing?, yes I was. It seems that this is a great way to catch trout that are hanging out in some deeper water as they face upstream waiting for a free meal to pass by. Does it work, why yes it does. As darkness started to fall I could see a few fish coming to the surface to partake in some of the insects dancing across the surface so I tied on an Emerger and was soon hooking up with a few nice bows. Did learn that the tippet needs to be a little stronger so I can land a few of the bigger fish, atleast to get my flies back.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and be safe during the Holidays............

Monday, December 19, 2011

Rainbows in Texas

Today I made it out for an afternoon trip on the Guadalupe river to continue my quest for catching Rainbow trout in Texas. Armed with a 4wt Matthews fly rod and a nice assortment of flies from DragonFly Angler  I took to the water for a wade trip before the cold front hits tonight. After attaching an indicator I tied a San Juan worm  to the tippet with a small midge as a dropper. I worked a section of rapids with various drifts and saw a few trout rising but not much luck there, so I backed off of the rapids and concentrated on a rocky section and it didn't take to long to get the first trout of the day which was close to ten inches. Soon after I saw a bruiser trout cruising upstream looking for a meal, as it went by me I made a flip cast which landed the fly a few feet in front of it. As the indicator went under I gently lifted up on the rod and the fight was on with the bruiser using the current to his advantage. After a few minutes my worm was given back to me by this big trout less the midge. It was a great fight and he would have been released anyway but it would have been nice to get a few pictures. Used a dry fly as the sun set behind the canyon and had no more luck for the day. Not complaining though, that's two trips and two fish caught. Success.