I went fishing yesterday and hit the West Fork of the San Gaberial River. When I got to the parking area I was only the second car and the parking area was not a dirt area any more, it was paved with a restroom. It was the first time I'd been there in years. Probably about 12-13 years. It's actually a lot nicer than I remember so the trip started off great. In addition to shaking the rust off from not fishing for so long, I wanted to test out my new pack. A Fishpond Tundra Tech pack.
I'll post a review in the gear section for that. My other equipment for this trip was a 7'-0" 3wt rod with a slow action that I wrapped myself ages ago with an Elkhorn T1 reel to hold the WF3F line. Anyways I started the hike in to the Wild Trout area, it starts about 3 miles or so up the path, it's actually paved now all the way up to the dam. It was a dirt trail from what I remember the last time. I hiked for about an hour and went in 4 miles or so snapping some pictures on the way...
Saw plenty of wildlife, waterfalls, and just plain great scenery. Once I got in as far as I wanted to hike (the river was calling me to fish
) I got rigged up and headed down to the water...where I preceeded to loose my first 3 flys to the trees.
I did say it had been a while. Yove've got to watch that back cast when it really tight.
Once I started to roll cast in the tight spots the day went smoother. The water was running high and fast, at least according to a couple of fellow flyfishermen I met while fishing my way out. My technique for the day was fishing a nymph under an indicator. It was difficult to get a good drift so I was high sticking it most of the time to keep the line off the water and get a good drift. It workd and I was rewarded with a couple of trophy wild rainbows.
The average size of the trout on this water as about 6" so anything over that is a real trophy. The first one was about 8" and the second one was pushing 9". All in all I had a great day!!