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Season 1 Pretty Much Over

Posted 10-20-2012 at 07:23 PM by crruns

So with the rivers closing here in another 12 days, and not thinking I'd have another chance to get out, I took the day off, and went down the Forestry Trunk Road and tried to find someplace fishy to spend the day.

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I woke to some pretty big winds, so I was hoping that I could find some shelter in some canyons where the rivers wind along. I left the house well before light, and made my way West, stopping to take some pictures along the way. Saw some sheep up the side of a mountain, and plenty of hunters camped out, trying to fill their freezers.

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I had just put together a 4wt combo (St. Croix Imperial 486, Hardy Ultralight 4000 and Airflo Velocity 4wf line), and was anxious to try out the lighter rod in the smaller quarters of the Livingstone and Highwood rivers.

I've been down the Trunk Road a couple of times, but never really paid attention to the waterways, and it was still cold enough up high for still water to have ice on top, so I scouted out a few spots, took some pictures of some falls, and some water, and found a place that looked promising.

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I was down at one of the fly shops talking about what patterns might be effective late in the season. I was thinking that I'd be working with nymphs, as that's what we had success with on the Bow a month ago, but they thought that a hopper or some dries might be still effective. I tied on a foam hopper that I like the looks of, and put on a dry dropper behind, got my waders on, and headed down the small canyon, into the river.

I went back down river for a good ways until the exposure opened up, and the wind started to get annoying, and I worked my way back upstream. On about the 5th or 6th cast, to my surprise, the dropper disappeared, I set the hook, and I had a fight on my hands! The fish started running downstream, and worked the drag some, before giving up, and letting me get the hook out. A nice 6-8" rainbow!

I went back to the same pool, but had no more luck, so I worked back towards the truck, but the runs were pretty shallow. I decided I'd drive back up the road, and see what the Highwood had to offer.

First stop on the Highwood, was broad and wide, zero shelter from the winds that are now looking much more threatening, probably going to deliver that snow they're forecasting! I went downstream, looking for an access point. I went past 2 that had trucks parked already, and then on the third, I got out, hiked down into the canyon, and was amazed at the size of the pool I found! This place would make a hell of a skinny-dipping spot! I fished up the river some, and then back to the pool, but the winds were pretty hard to get away from, and I couldn't see any way past that pool to get downstream, so I broke down my rod, and climbed back to the truck, and called it a day.

Now the forecast is calling for snow and single digit temps for the next week, so I sure am glad I took the day off. Now I'm just left with the Bow River until next June, although I might have found some spots with some easy public access if I have a chance during a nice day.
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    Ard's Avatar
    At least you didn't get skunked for your efforts. By the pictures I'd say it would be a good day even if you didn't catch anything. If you get another chance at it why not try your hand at streamer fishing. It's a whole nuther game to learn but is my favorite way to fish. Especially in the fall when the bugs are scarce and the fish hungry. You fish them going down stream and just toss them across and let the current swing them out till the fly is strait down. There's plenty more to having a good strategy for fishing streamers but what I describe is as good a start as any.

    If you are tying your own, then get in touch and I'll try to help you to learn some good patterns that may put fish on your lines.

    Good post here,

    Posted 11-12-2012 at 10:26 PM by Ard Ard is online now
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    Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Comment

    If you are tying your own, then get in touch and I'll try to help you to learn some good patterns that may put fish on your lines.

    Good post here,

    Thanks for the comments, Ard - I did have some wooly buggers along, both in dark, nearly black, and white, but didn't give them a go on that day. I haven't started tying my own flies, yet, but I'm definitely interested in learning about patterns that are successful. Now I'm fully in the phase of dreaming about next year, looking forward to the fly show, doing plenty of reading, and scheming about a couple of trips for next year.
    Posted 11-13-2012 at 11:28 PM by crruns crruns is offline
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    If you look in the 'Fly Tying Round Table' sub forum you will find some 'Tie Along' threads by Pocono. These are very helpful no matter what type streamer you are going to tie up. I will have to see how the winter pans out for spare time but may do a step by step post for tying the original Nine Three feather wing streamer. That particular pattern has been good for me in every river and creek I've ever thrown it into.

    You should think about making more entries to this blog. Even though it's winter and you may not be fishing you will get outdoors and if you take any pictures you can tell a story. I have stories on my pages about everything imaginable, from moose to frozen septic systems. The members will find them and if you start building up a good blog but don't get readers I'll plug you with a post to let them know your writing.

    Posted 11-20-2012 at 01:01 PM by Ard Ard is online now

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