We geared up and walked down to the waters edge only to see a very off colored river. Hmm, they must have gotten a good shot of rain the night prior as we did back home as the conditions prior were very clear with the occasional pod of green slime from the reservoir floating by. Well hoping for the best we spun our wheels for about 2 hours. Nymphs, streamers nothing to show for it. I made the command decision to head up river to hopefully get above some of the smaller tribs that were filtering in the off colored water. Knowing how fickle the river can be early as a result of the colder water, I figured the feeding would pick up later in the morning and be going full tilt by mid afternoon.
The second portion of water ended up producing for us as we started to net some smaller but very pretty rainbows and browns. As the fishing picked up so did the crowds. I really feel the pain for the guys up there guiding as the river was an absolute circus. I have never seen so many fisherman on the upper river ever, each parking area had a minimum of 8 cars to as many as 2 dozen crammed in with fisherman occupying everywhere your eye could wander on the river. Throw in a couple dozen drift boats on a lower than roomy flow, and dozens of canoes and kayaks and you have one damn pressured fishery. And I thought the pressure on the Farmington this summer was bad? Think again.
Now to detail the reason for the title of this blog. Sometimes fishing trips are highlighted by instances that aren't even related to what your doing. Before we started getting into some consistent fishing, I took a good spill courtesy of my Vibram soled boots and fully submerged myself. Water from head to toe, in the waders, pockets hat not a square inch dry. Good thing my camera is waterproof and I left the Iphone in the car as usual. It was very comical to say the least and I was waiting to hear a loud chuckle from Josh, but he graciously was more concerned of my well being than making me the brunt of a good joke. In hindsight, I actually benefited from the dunking as it would turn out, it kept me cooler and comfortable all day in the hot sun. From countless fishing excursions I have learned one very good lesson, don't give up and be patient. Perseverance usually equates to a reward come days end and after we hammered this one piece of water pretty hard with a good number of smaller fish but nothing of note, we regrouped, me drenched, ate a quick lunch courtesy of Josh, and then headed to some new water.
|21-1/2 Inch Brown.|
It was slowly nearing our departure time and Josh still hadn't hooked a larger fish. Voicing that he was fine if we started the trek home, I didn't want him to leave the river on a sour note after the rod explosion. We motored down river driving by various pools that were inundated with anglers till we found one out of the way place with only one car in the parking area. As we geared up one last time and started making the walk in, the owner of the lonesome vehicle was on his way out. Wow, we had a piece of water without company for a change. Having only about 45 minutes to fish until we had to go as I promised my wife we would leave at 5 PM, we got into position in a shallow riffle and started our attack. I pointed out two good little non-descript pockets of note and gave Josh first crack. A few smaller fish and then Josh gives me a shout as he has a better fish on the end of his line.
Although the fishing wasn't epic, and the crowds were ridiculous, we managed a successful day despite some laughs at our own expense. I wish that the releases were as they were about 5 years ago on that fishery however, as the river could accommodate the traffic better, and spread the fish out as well. I can only imagine what the fishing would be like if that were the case as it seems it was so long ago that the water levels were better. At any rate, another successful day, and Josh finally got a taste of this great fishery, I know he is already jonesing for another run up there.