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Question A strange day out

I had to make the drive from Buffalo to Cleveland last night to meet up with my fiancee for morale support, as she was having a job interview there (well, for now here). On the way I figured I'd stop by one of the spots I fish near the Cattaraugus Creek, on one of the smaller creeks that flows into it. With all the rain we've been getting, I was expecting high and chocolatey and that's exactly what I received. The visibility in the water was in the zero-to-less range so i wasn't expecting much. I have yet to have that pee-in-your-pants day BigDog was talking about, but this venture was more just a scouting trip and a way to break up my drive. I tied a #6 black bugger with an orange estaz egg on the nose, going the big silhouette route, on the end of a polyleader to deal with the high flow. Granted, I'm flying pretty blind as I'm quite new and have yet to land a steelhead on a fly rod, or any coldwater species for that matter.... ANYWAY, I was working the creek pretty fast, just trying to learn the area more than anything else.

My only catch was a snag and an otter out of the corner of my eye, but for some reason I got a boost of confidence from the trip alone. Rather than being bummed I got skunked, I came out realizing that the conditions I was fishing were far less than ideal. I also felt like I had been doing everything right, which is a brand new sensation for me with fly fishing. Besides getting my truck stuck on the way out (there's still water in my passenger side door panels I believe...), the trip felt like I had landed a monster despite appearing for any onlookers to be a total disaster. Anyone have one of these kind of days?
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Nope never

I have a white stripe running up my back now from the skunking I took this morning. But even on bad days there is something positive to learn if you pay attention.

You are staying focused, that's the main thing.

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A few down days help to brighten the shine on the good days.
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I've said this before, but if catching the biggest trout in the stream is a 10/10 day, hiking along the stream and observing the wildlife, conditions, bugs, and trout but not catching anything is an 8/10 day. Spotting an otter would easily put it into 9/10 range.

Glad you had a good day on the water!
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I bet if you had hooked that otter, he would have put up an awesome fight.
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wheres that last minute catfish when you need it AJ the trout have been stocked at otter creek, im going to check it out tomarrow.
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I'd say the day of swinging paid off with a little pressure at the end of my swing today:
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Now I just need to figure out how to take my own fish photos, as I did not want to go and kill my first fly-caught steelhead with a photo session!
I like this photo best:
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The area in the second photo is a small reservoir that runs into the creek. The fish took the fly in the creek proper and I swung it into the reservoir to land it. My reward for not battering the fish on the rocks for a picture was it swimming off strongly immediately after I removed the hook from the corner of its mouth! And to think this was from 20 minutes of casting across the street from class before I had to hold office hours...
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Nice fish AJ...a strange day... in?
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AJ: We all get skunked once in awhile, but I certainly can understand when the water visibility is that bad. Just getting out on the water and enjoying the outdoors and the animals is a reward in itself. Congrats again on the great looking steelie!

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