A fine day in May, what to do? I love trouting this time of year, the streams and the woods are alive with all kinds of life. The contrast between the streams when I start out in March and what they look like now is amazing. Looks like someone was turned loose with a green paintbrush, with a few yellow, white, and purple accents. Trouble is, the really good streams will be crowded today, both with anglers AND kayakers. [I have a pretty good rant against kayakers building up, but I’m going to save it for another time]
With all my years on the streams, you can be sure I have built up a few secret spots. One such secret spot is where I pointed my truck on Sunday. This stream is known for marginal water quality, and plenty of non-trout species, but at least it is not on most anglers’ radar. I have fished this stream on and off for many years, and know the subtle nuances of its waters. On the popular “name-brand” streams around here, [you know, the ones that start with “R” or “K”] every likely spot probably has a dozen or more fish in it, and it is easy to find a lot of fish. But this creek is a place where you had better plan on covering a lot of water, as there just isn’t a high trout population here. If you like to fish light rods, small flies, or only cast to rising trout, well there’s a reason not many people fish here. I use a 5 or six weight, and plan on fishing beefy nymphs or oversize streamers.
There was a nice caddis hatch coming off, but the only thing eating them were American Redstarts and other warblers. No fish hooked at my first spot, or the next. The third spot I dropped into is one of the best on the creek, but after 30 or 40 drifts without a fish, I was starting to think this would be a day best suited for taking pictures. Then it happened–BAM! My indicator when down and a fat foot long trout came flying out of the water. Two cast later I had his twin hooked up.
And so the day went, lots of spots gave up no trout, but I covered enough water to end up with a decent box score.
None of the fish I brought to hand were particularly large, although I did lose one that made me say a bad word when it came off after I saw how big it was! I’ve had days when far more and much larger trout were caught, but this was just a great day on the water–I only had to share it with the songbirds and a mink! I might make it out for trout once more this year, but this is when my attention starts shifting to the lakes and larger rivers for bass and muskies.