Thursday, May 5, 2011

A cold, wet and windy day on the river.

I spend a few cold, wet and windy hours on the river this morning. Woke up early and looked out the windows to see what the weather gods were up to. It looked pretty miserable outside but I packed my stuff anyway. Just as I was about to leave at about 7AM my wife reminded me that today was actually a normal working day and that the school moms would be keeping up traffic as normal. This would mean an hour stuck in traffic so I made another cup of coffee and waited it out.

I eventually got on the water at about 10am. While rigging up it started to drizzle and I got myself ready for a wet day. I only planned to fish a wider, open section of the river and got my first brownie on about my third cast on a dry fly. Soon after I got a nice rainbow on a nymph. All the time I was wishing for it to stop raining. I got my wish a bit later, but 10 min later I was wishing for the rain again as the wind came screaming downstream as soon as the rain stopped.

I was fishing a dry and dropper rig and shortened my leader and put a heavier nymph on to try and punch the flies into the wind. Eventually I gave up as I couldn't get in a decent cast or a proper drift and walked downstream to some pools that is more sheltered.  A small hatch of Mayflies were happening and I continued to catch fish on both dry and nymphs for the next hour or so. Even managed to catch a Small Mouth Bass.

Someone then switched of the lights and the fish went to bed as I couldn't move anything else after that. It started to rain again at about 1pm and I decided to pack it up for the day.

From this.....

To this


  1. Sounds like a nice day! Beautiful pictures.

  2. your a lucky man to be laying line out in one of the most beautiful places in the world to catch trout! great post boet!

  3. I completely agree with the above statement

  4. Beautiful looking canyon that these fish get to live in. Nice Post!

    Jim ... Two Guys ~ Wet Waders & Flies

  5. Sounds like a nice day to me. Great photo too.

  6. Gorgeous territory you're living in. Beautiful fish too. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Those are real nice pics. I agree with what everyone above has said. It seems so exotic from where I am in Cincinnati, OH.

  8. Never figured there would be small mouth bass there, are they stocked?

  9. Thanks for all the comments guys. It was a cold but fun day out and we certainly are lucky to have these beautiful streams close by.

    KEV this river doesn't get stocked with either bass or trout and the Bass migrate upstream from the main river much lower down.

  10. I came back to look at those photos of the river. I'm stunned at it's beauty. Looks like a fun river to fish as well, despite the wind. I'm thinking that you must be close to heaven there.

  11. That last picture is holding some nice fish... : )

  12. Nice fishing day! I believe that particular weather is common in this part of the year, as you we (Argentina) are in Fall, cold and raining days are very usual.

    All the best.

  13. Très belles photos.


    J'ai répondu en Français pour changer un peu!

    cordialement Cyril

  14. Cofisher - Come back as often a you like.

    RD - Indeed it did :-)

    Oldsmuggler - Yes we are heading into our cold season with the rivers closing at the end of May. So far we havn't had to much rain.

    Cyril- Pas de problème commentaires en français. Traducteur de Google fonctionne très bien. :-) Merci pour les commentaires.

  15. Your mayfly pics are gorgeous...
    I like the image of you "waiting out" the school moms. :)