First was my birthday trip last Monday, and then my son and I hit it again this morning. It sure does get light early in my neck of the woods! We left the house at 5:15 a.m. and it was already light enough to fish. We arrived at the spring and started fishing around 6:30. A few fish were working the surface, but nothing in a regular pattern so we rigged up with our usual of a Parasol Emerger on top trailing a bead-head Pheasant-tail nymph followed by a scud. To no avail, there was no bite, period...
When we arrived there was a bull moose in the upper reaches of one arm of the spring and he stuck around for quite a while until a 4-wheeler came by on the road and spooked him. A little later we had a cow and a calf moose make an appearance but soon left. And, towards the end of our morning another bull moose came over the hill to the north and noisily splashed down in the spring right across from where we were fishing, spooking all the fish.
My son managed two very small fish while I landed an 8-incher and a 13-inch brown. We both had good fish on but lost them all. In all it was a great morning out, with very little catching, a lot of fishing and even more enjoyment of the nature that surrounded us!
Just as we were leaving the spring's resident trumpeter swan swam over to where the moose was feeding and actually chased him from the water. Talk about your David and Goliath, what a hoot!
Here are the pics:
Early morning on 'No-Tellum' Spring Creek:
Here is a great pic of how clear the water is and prolific the weed growth. There are soooo many insects, scuds and other life in these weed beds. The fish grow very fat and healthy in this particular spring:
Our early-morning bull moose:
A large Green Drake spinner that wandered from the big river over to the spring for a short visit - I put him back in the water after the photos and 20-yards downstream he was breakfast for a hungry trout!:
Our mid-morning moose visitors:
And our entertainment to take us to the end of our outing:
Here is the swan chasing the moose from the spring:
And here he is leaving for parts unknown:
Tight Lines all!