Day 104

Got out to do a little solo camping and fishing in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.  I started at the Piney River trail head and walked in about a mile or so and found a nice campsite just off the river.  I ended up camping on the top part of a meadow and fished upstream to start.

I start the day off with a parachute black ant and find a nice area with a couple of different pools to choose from.  I try the near pool first and don't get anything so I try the far pool.  Two casts in I hook my first fish of the trip, a nice little brookie.  I find a nice run with a deep pool and casts out over it.  First cast and I have landed my second brookie of the day.  I begin to walk upstream and cast to every pool I come across.  The river is stair stepping with plunge pools at each step.

I try letting the fly get drug under with the waterfall and sure enough I hook a fish.  To my surprise it's a chunky 12" brown trout that had some fight in him.  Over the next few hours I manage to catch another seven or eight fish before the parachute ant pattern I'm using is shredded.  I try a few different versions of flying ants and beattles with no luck.  It's late in the day so I decide to call it quits and head back to camp with a smile on my face from a great day.

Rod:  Wakata 9'  6/4
Line:  Hi-Vis Level Line 10'  #4
Fly that Worked:  Parachute Black Ant #16

Comments

  1. Ants. Hard to beat an ant pattern on the surface or sunk. After the Beetle Kebari, probably my number two terrestrial.

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    1. Ants are probably my go to pattern in the summer followed by hoppers.

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