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


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

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


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