I watched the weather very closely last night and this morning. It looked like the best chance of rain and thunderstorms would be later in the day, so I headed off to the high country.
It started raining by the time I hit I-40. Off the interstate and climbing the mountain, it started raining harder, then it got foggy. It rained even harder when I hit the Forest Road. I reached the trailhead and decided to sit in the truck and eat a sandwich. It stopped raining before I finished my breakfast and I was soon bushwacking down to the stream.
Water levels were good and I just knew some big boys would be out to play. This particular stream has some big browns and rainbows. I figured with the rain, a green weenie just might be what they would want. Yep, I was wrong on that, seemed to want something more natural, so I was soon fishing a small wolfe and small BHHE. The big ones did not want to play, all fish caught were small.
The fishing was pretty slow, the wind kicked up and the skies were not looking friendly. I fished on, catching small browns and rainbows.
I saw a few big fish, but they were too smart for me today. I fished up to a good exit point, baled out of the creek, hiked back to the truck, and decided to drive up to the headwaters. The sun had just come out and the fishing had picked up a little. I figured the brooks might want to play.
They were more than willing to devour my fly, dry and dropper. No big fish, but I caught a bunch of them, it was fun.
On the way home, I decided to stop and fish a roadside stream I have never fished before. I did not plan to fish long, I just wanted to check it out. I walked down the trail and saw a nice looking hole. I could not get to it from the trail without spooking the hole, so I bushwacked a bit so I could come in below this beautiful hole.
First cast and a very nice rainbow devoured my dry, I set the hook, he rolled once and came unhooked. This fish was at least 14 inches. I stood there in disbelief for a moment and moved on. I fished for a few minutes until I caught a small brown and decided to head home. I figured since it was my first time there, I had to at least catch one fish.
Oh, the leaves are starting to bite pretty good, too. I caught quite a few of them today, all different colors and sizes.