I spent most of the evening using the Horneburg and my ow streamer pattern, the Pine Special. I was hoping that the improved stream conditions would lead to better streamer fishing, but this was not the case. I got a few bumps and taps and had one fish on briefly, but landed none.
The good thing is that both of the streams I fished seem to have survived the drought adequately. The upper section of the first seems to have lost most of it's bigger fish, but there were plenty of fingerlings there. At the very end of my trip I caught two gorgeous brookies farther down the stream where there was more water, so I'm sure the population will return to normal in a couple of years. The second stream still has some monster brookies in it, but as is often the case it was very tough fishing.
As for the two fish that I did get, they eagerly chomped on a March Brown. I took a less than perfect photo of the first, then decided just to admire the second and didn't take a photo of him at all. But I can tell you he was a beaut, and one that I have caught before in that pool. He has a very interesting pattern on his side, almost like a tiger trout bit with the blue spots and red halos still visible. His mouth is turning blue now and a hump is forming on his back... and in a few weeks time I'm sure there will be a redd in the riffle at the top of this pool where he will wait patiently for the female to lay her eggs.
|These berries will remain the same color even when the snow begins to fly.|