Finally getting out there and hiking again! We have been taking our year old on short hikes in a frame pack, I do a little fishing for an hour or so at a small lake
I enjoy just getting out with the girls, this lake is no secret gets stocked with rainbows 2-3 times a year but can be empty somedays. I love tossing dries (except on stocking day) to these little rainbows. While my wife and daughter play.
I got the itch last week to do a full day hike 10 miles to prep for some longer pack trips I plan to do before snow falls. So I geared up light and went for it. The morning had clouds and cleared up at the start of my hike which made it hot, but that would change.
I ran into a lame moose I heard about, seems this cow has been around the trail and river for awhile. Of course when I went to get a photo she bedded down.
When I got to the lake, I was alone so alone I just sat down ate and soaked it in. While I was eating a few clouds set in but wasn't too worried about rain. Wind was hitting most the lake, but had glass at the other end. No easy task to get to with no real trail and downed trees all over. I started my way over, and the clouds star forming up. I debated even rigging up... then I see my first cruiser, nice cut looking up. I quickly rig up and wait for another I didn't wait long cast, slurp, and miss the hook set! This lake has skunked me before, that fear set in of being rejected. I continue down ninja like, and see my next target. Roll cast right in his sight, watched him debate it and then hammer it.
Nice colors but not the big guy, after the release this fish bunkerd down at my feet. Worried I went to poked it with my rod tip, before I reached it I felt my line pop. Fish on! Laughing all the way on this freebie, it was a great fish 17-18" with meat. I didn't bring a net like a moron, so pics were hard to get this one got away from a hand shot.
Moved down trying hard to make it to the calm water where I could see a few risers. I look down a see this big guy deeper feeding off the bottom, figured no way he will look up. Tossed my fly out, to watch him instantly come up and sip my fly down. Never have I had a take feel like time slowed down as much as this one. Took forever! Thought I would wiff the take for sure, but I even waited after the sip.
I lost one my wife swears is bigger than this 2 years ago. I didn't care after landing what would be my biggest fish on a dry (beating the freebie catch before).
After missing a few more takes, the clouds got really dark. I started to feel a pressure change, packed up and headed out. It was too late, mile into my hike back it started coming down. Was nice... wet, but not too cold and I never stopped grinning the whole way to the car.
Ps my first catch was just fine, and didn't end up on the dinner plate.