Why they call it fishing (and not catching) TR

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by ScottP, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

    After 3 weeks of seeing a lot of beautiful rock formations (but not a whole lot of water) on the Colorado Plateau, I figured it was time to pinpoint the pinhole leak in my right wader foot, and maybe find a few fish looking up. Reports of blanket hatches, a veritable bug Cornucopia, got me thinking my timing was good so I headed for a section of river I've passed numerous times but never stopped to fish.

    Not quite the crack of dawn, but early enough


    a few scattered showers (that became much less scattered rather quickly) but hey, the fish are already wet and mayflies love crummy weather, right?


    nice water


    rainbows here are hot, had a couple decent (but not overly large) fish pop me off; they grow weird bugs here - I have yet to see a purple mayfly, but that's what they wanted


    thunder and lightning decided to join in the fun; since death by electrocution is not on my to-do list, I headed away from the deluge and found another nice piece of water.


    Again reports circulating of massive hatches of every know aquatic insect; I saw a few golden stones and the odd caddis. Got a few fish (one on a foam stone, the rest on a purple Convertible), didn't slip and wreck my knee (which I did a few miles upstream back in '92), so I considered the day a success.

    Headed back out the next day, a little closer to home base. Water was in great shape



    me, figuring these lesser fished-for fish would be pushovers (hah!), went right to the purple Convertible; got a brown fish right away


    then nothing else

    switched to the foam golden even though this didn't look too much like stonefly water (there had been quite a few skwalas in May); picked up a fish here and there

    drove down to where the water was a little faster, wider and deeper


    lots of golden stone shucks on the rocks but none in the air (Miss Sally was out in force, though); this place seems to go off a bit earlier than other water so maybe I missed them


    last hole I fished had a nice 'bow pop up and take a long, hard look at a tan Carnage stone but no dice; lost the fly to a willow trout on the next cast which I took as a sign to call an end to the day (that plus the 25 miles of gravel road in various state of disrepair I had to maneuver in the Dodge)

  2. Ryan Couch

    Ryan Couch New Member

    great write up sounds like a day of catching some good trout hopefully tomorrow is my day like that I will be heading out to fish a couple creeks on the stilly.
  3. Nice report. I love your pics. A few shots of fishy water can do a lot more to stir the imagination than pic after pic of fish in someone's hand or net.
  4. noraamii

    noraamii New Member

    Great story and photos.
  5. Josh Stroud

    Josh Stroud Active Member

    Nice job, beautiful pictures.

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