Things started of slow with no rises and nothing taking a nibble on our nymphs. Eventually Roland hooked a beautiful brown trout and we were starting to hope for better things. The water in the river was still very low and we were fishing the shallow sections quite fast trying to get to some deeper pools higher up. Unfortunately as we got there we saw some kids swimming in the pools and they were throwing rocks all over the place. Our moods dropped a bit and we quickly walked around them.
In the first pool after the swimming kids I finally landed a beautiful brown trout. It amazes me how big these browns got in the last year as they were recent accidental releases in the river. They certainly seemed to have adapted in the river, though it remains to be seen if they will survive. Brown trout were introduced to the river decades ago,but only the rainbows have adapted and managed to flourish in the river.
We were off the water by about 11h00 as it was starting to heat up and the water temperature was also rising. At the end of the session we only landed two browns, two rainbows and a small mouth bass.
It was a pleasure to be out on the rivers again with some good company though.
|Rigging up in the shadows of the mountain|
|Roland fish the tail end of a pool|