Hello there friends, if you've come to read and expect something of the super magnatude that is my storm drain adventures and general warm watter short comings then BEHOLD!!!! You shall be let down!( maybe?? we'll see
So lets preface this some....my fishing goals for 2013...
land a grass carp = check
go after smallies = check
Spend more time in MO for wild trout = check/continuing!!!
I have always really wanted to be able to bounce around the state and catch our trout. Pending where you go, there are some big boys here. I would say though that most of our streams are small spring creeks with 3-10" fish and a couple in there from the 14"+ range abit rare. having a young child makes it alittle more difficult to get out, but the end of this year looks promising.
So let us being the tale of adventures with checking off a spring creek from the list. It was surprisingly larger water then we expeted, and we didnt start at the place I wanted to because of government shut down and someone else had started there. i go to these creeks for solitude ( minus my fishing buddy ) So we went down to an access I have looked at before but never fished. I've driven over it many times going to another area. So we gear up and hit off the bat there are clouds of tricos ( size 24 and smaller ) blowing up and down the creek. 2 casts in my buddy hooks up with his first wild MO rainbow. seconds later he finds out what a real trout can fight like and looses it. He redeamed himself a few casts later with this fish while i was busy catching trees and various grasses.
it came down stream from this lovely little fishy bit of water
**see next post, image limit hit!
In the name of saving time and exploring new, we moved downstream. Lots of long, calm still water, something neither one of us excel at, as proven again by this creek.
Upon finding moving water, i roll a fish but loose it. Moving on, finally I am rewarded with my first fish from this particular stream.
Further down a bit from this guy we come to a big riffle into a pool and its boiling with fish. We figure chub of sorts since thats what they do sometimes. Well, we cast our dries into the stream and are both rewarded with many small but beautiful rainbows, only a few of which were photographed.
Ending the day shortly after, having brought about a dozen to hand we enjoyed the new experiance and a cold beer. Its definitly marked for returning too.
That was ~11 days ago......Saturday I left my house at 4:30 to get in a day of fishing at another blue ribbon trout stream. One that flows thru a state park which has some very nice browns in it I was hoping to catch with a big streamer. Do you know how many people are out at 4:30 on a saturday morning in late october?? 3. 1 random guy, 1 deer hunter, me.
I get to the park about 7:15 and meet up everyone at camp, sit by the fire and try to enjoy the cold air. After the morning fish in the park ( i didnt partake in this for once, felt good ) we geared up and drove to an access about 6 miles down the river. I started with a huge streamer but gave up quickly as I couldnt resist the rising from the caddis hatch that was attempting to happen. A few drifts later and bam!! we were on!
Caught a few more bows as i worked down, my buddy usually missing fish. I kept switching back to my big streamer since i could see some huge browns moving around, were talking 20"+ but no dice.
We come to a riffle with some downed trees, nothing on my streamer, but my buddy lucks into this guy
one of his first browns ever. We continue on, find another pool with fish rising, switch back to dries and systemactilly catch every fish in the pool. This being the largest
Then i became comepltely incompatent. My casts were good, my fly danced wildly, i saw a huge slab of yellow turn and a white mouth open, i feel a brief tug of OMG BROWN!!!!!!!! and i completely miss the fly line when i go to set the hook and the fish is gone.
This happens 3 more times on this river in the next hour....
3 fish, all in the 20" range...lost because i failed. Then just when i thought my luck was changing, i had a nice brown giving chase a tree branch about 10' long breaks and fall in the water right on top of where my leader is udnerneath...BUH BYE BROWN!!!
Time to go back to camp and eat lunch and drink beer.
After lunch and beer, we checked out a spot at the end of the campground where its all wild fish again. Again, no streamer action but the caddis' really started to come off. I switched to a orange elk hair and on my second drift with this fly i was graciously given this golden nugget of nature
Ah yes...small but beautiful!! it made my day. We both continued fishing down the river, fish rising everywhere, cast after cast catching rainbows, only 2 of which i photo'd
^That was my best fish of the evening. Also one of my last. We caught a good dozen fish each. I had one NICE rainbow on that almost took me into backing on its first run but spit the fly shortly after. The evening closed out with Jon landing his second brown of the day
After that, its a good walk back to camp, dinning, some cold beer and the card's game on the radio. i went down and dirty this trip, I slept in the backseat of my truck and I must have been tired. I spelt GOOD but boy was it cold when I got up ( 29* ). The advantage to that was the scenery was wonderful **See next post, image limit hit!!!
So there we go...my first two trips of the fall for trout. This most recent one ended unfortunitly, with my trucks blower motor controller failing, so I had no heat for the drive home ( still dont til i get the part ) but its going to be nice this week so no biggie. Plans include the following for November...deer huntign starts in about 2 weeks ( i think ) and another spring creek is literally across the road from my hunting ground, First week of november they start to stock the local park ponds of rainbows ( i can trout fish at lunch break
) and end of the month I head way south to house sit and chase some tailwater browns and bows. Stay tuned!!!!