Well the maiden voyage and christening of the new boat are in the books of history. It was a great day. I was join on auspicious day by the forums own Fyshstykr and his better half Fyshnchyk. Any day when I can spend time on the water with them is a great day, but having them there for the first float in my new boat was extra special!!!
I picked up the boat on Thursday and brought it home in torrential rain. This left me apprehensive for fishing Friday, but in no way deterred me from christening the boat. After all I have plenty of rain gear and long underwear! LOL Friday morning I awoke to a cloudy cool morning but now rain. On the long drive around the mountain due to the pass being closed to trailer traffic the sky lightened and the rain stayed away.
When we met up at the bought ramp Fyshnchyk report the weather was to improve during the day. When we launched the sky's were still gray and the temperature was still chilly. This changed quickly as the sun came out and stayed all. Might have had something to do with me not bringing any sunscreen.
Here are the photos of the launch and christening of the new boat!
I christened the boat with a bottle of Trout Slayer ale.
The ceremony over we jumped in and headed down river. The fish were more active compared to last Fridays float. Water color was a little off due to rain and some early runoff. This resulted in the fish being a bit more willing to chase streamers. There was unfortunately no hatch activity to speak of. We had our eyes out for risers all day but alas it was not to be.
So it was a day of chucking streamers. The difficulty of which increased a short way into the float as the wind came up and kept coming up river all day. This made me glad I had a low profile boat. Though we struggled at the oars all day with the wind it was nothing compared to how tough it would have been in my old Lavro high side.
We rolled many fish throughout the day on a variety of color patterns. My fishing partners boated 5 or 6 fish. We stuck many more but could not keep them on the hook. Never did figure out what the problem was. Greg and I experienced the same problem last week too. We had many nice fish take our offerings. But within seconds they were set loose having only given us a glimpse of there beauty. Some would look at this as a bad thing. However for myself it means I will be back to figure these fish and this stretch of river out. Next Thursday and Friday in fact!! Anyone want in on the learning experience?
Here are the photos of a couple fish and my floating cohorts.
Fyshstykr with a browny
Fyshnchyk with a Cutty
fyshstykr with another Browny
This is the after lunch rest period!!