It was great to put some faces with names today. Pretty typical day at the Ford for me. Found a streamer bite in the morning then things slowed down. Tried scuds for a while, found a few then switched back to streamers when it started getting dark and snowing hard.
I saw the crowd at the middle parking lot and said to myself? Way to crowded for me.
So I parked down at the lower bridge and pretty much had the creek to myself.
As for the fishing, I'll just say at "When I close my eyes all I can see is rainbows"
The fish story of the day was.
I hooked up a nice fish that broke my off my tippet knot. So I retied a new tippet put a new bug on and about the third or forth cast I hooked up a nice fish and when I went to remove my bug from it's mouth I found my bug and tippet I had just lost not 10 mins. ago.
Has this ever happened before?
I've recovered other fishers flies but never my own.
Glad you all had a good time among the snow flakes.
Here's two photos from yesterday's freezeout: The first one is the most of the attendees (Irafly, Troutpocket, McNasty, Patrick Gould, dp and Pat Lat. Troutjunky and Enlightened joined us later) and the second is what the weather was. A wind and light snow greeted us after about 90 minutes of fishing.
Wasted trip for me. Fished for slightly over an hour when we received a phone call. Had to pack it up and haul butt. The only thing that came of it for me was I realized I had a bad batch of hooks. Tiemco 2x short,3x wide. Every fish straightened the hook, even little guys. Been having serious issues with Tiemco, and that was the last straw. Only mustad or diachii from now on for me. Between hooks bending and eyes falling off it's not worth it for me, especially when the cheaper brands seem to work far better.
We were their catching nadda lol! Fish....they were right there, swimming below me and teasing only the way a fish can. We fished for a couple hours, i had three take downs but....no love for this gal. Hopefully soon! Beginning to think the fish gods are pissing on me
lol dang, you guys did about the same as me. i had about 10 fish on throughout the day, but only a single one for more than a few seconds which was a recent plant around 12" or so that put up one hell of a fight for its size. none to net. alot of big boys. we found a hole right at the top of the skinny water where there were about 15 or so 20"+ monsters (two of which patrick posted) in 2 small stretches and we were hooking them pretty consistently.
Nice to meet up with everyone. The fish were very willing to eat my obviously hookless scuds. I ended up hooking about 16 fish but I only landed 8 or 9 of those. I had several other fish eat my scuds and I completely missed them altogether. The snow made for some tough sight fishing conditions but the ladder helped a ton. I know that Pat Lat was impressed with it after he was able to cast into his backing from the top step. I never did get that fly back from you. I did tie up a new scud that I finally tried at the end. I tied it on a jig hook with a tungsten bead and my hook up ratio ended up being much better, interesting.
It was nice to meet everyone and worth the trip over, although I thought the flow would be better, its really just a trickle in some spots, but its a pretty cool fishery.
I wish I would have gotten snowed in on the east side of the pass though, it would have given me an excuse to fish the yak the next morning.
Heres two that we took a picture of, had a few more like them, you know those cookie cutter 24 inchers.