Monday, August 24, 2009

Headwaters

Fished the upper part of a real popular river in the Mountains this past sunday and could not believe the abundance and quality of the fish. The populations were good and fat... the insect life, man there's a lot of it! We didn't witness a hatch and I didn't see any nymphs under the few rocks I flipped, but we saw dragon flies everywhere, caterpillars and other larvae falling into the creek, and of course plenty of midges.
The lower sections of the river were just not Wild enough for our tastes so we headed up to the little water past all that. This was a pretty epic day of fishing all-in-all considering the number and size of the fish we saw and caught...the scenery wasn't bad either.



The first pool, 6:30AM.



And the bite is on!


One of the feeder creeks just above the first pool.


The side feeder creeks were steep! I hiked up this one a couple hundred yards expecting to come to a nice pool at some point, but didn't it was just continuous falls like this ledge after ledge after ledge...so went back down to the river and returned on my course.




Baby 'bows were everywhere; the future looks bright.



An average rainbow that couldn't resist the stimulus of the Stimulator.


The "lunch pool"; the water was so cold, clean and clear, almost didn't want to filter it. Just sitting watching the fish feed while we also ate was pretty awesome.


The first and only fish caught in the pool pictured above; hard to get repeat catches in pools like that.



A nice fighting rainbow



A 6" rainbow




A 5" rainbow


Second biggest of the day. (the biggest was not ready for her closeup)

Same fish, very healthy wild brown


Fly of the day

Last pool before hiking back; it was just starting to get steep and the drop-pool pattern was nice. Next time I get back here I am going to fish above this pool to the forks and beyond.

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