Well the winds have finally subsided, I thought I was living in a wind tunnel for the past couple of days. Yesterday I did a float on one of the local rivers. I had no real idea of the float distance (upwards of 10 miles or more), so just to be safe I decided to leave the house by 5:30 and get on the water early in case those heavy winds come roaring back in the afternoon.
I started off nymphing, but that didn't work well as the water levels are already pretty low and sitting low in the pontoon boat makes it harder to see when the shallow water is approaching, so I switched to a dry/dropper rig and that worked much better and the fish liked that combo better also. I must have had an interesting dry fly pattern on as the swallows were swooping in and trying to pick it off the water, pretty interesting to watch....wish I would have been able to take a photo of the one bird that actually picked it off the water. I had never been on this upper section of the river, but at 11:30 I spotted a familiar landmark and realized I was in deep trouble. Last year I had done a guided float started (at 8:30 am) at that point on the river and we took out around 4:30 (my plan for this trip, so now I realize I'm 3 hours behind schedule), so I decide that I had better change up the fishing approach and decide to row, row, row and only stop at the primo looking spots and throw streamers for a few casts and move on. I put the dry fly rig away and really hit the oars. All those hours in the gym paid off yesterday, lately at the gym I have been using their rowing machine, set it at maximum resistance and do 5,000 meters in under 25 minutes. The machine as a screen with a 500 meter split so if you can keep it at 2:30 minutes or under you can make the goal ok, still pretty hard work especially at my age.
It turned out to be a beautiful day and the wind didn't rear it's head until about 2 pm and even then it was an on again, off again kind of wind so really wasn't much of a factor except of course when rowing........does it ever blow downstream? Now that I have floated this section I have a better idea of how to manage my time and some of the better fishing spots to hit.......I have a feeling this is going to be a great summer fly fishing in Wyoming!
What's left of one of my streamers! Never had that happen to me before, I've had hooks fail but never had all the material stripped off like that. I guess that guy was hungry.
A shot of the river, just a gorgeous little stream to float and fly fish.
My best fish to the net! Lost a couple larger fish, but that is what brings a guy back for more!
I think this is the same fish in the net.