Friday, November 11, 2016
Urban Sea Run Brown Trout Hunting
Yesterday I visited a stretch of river rumored to have some large sea run brown trout, hoping I would find some fall runners. I worked down to the lowest public stretch. I wished I could have gone down even further, and I may try to find a way down there for the spring.
I fished nymphs and streamers predominately and discovered an issue fairly quickly. DEEP stocks this stream with juvenile brown trout and evidently they had just recently done so... I had to work around tons of these little ugly things hoping to find a big wild fish.
I also ran into good numbers of fallfish, including a couple decent sized ones like this guy:
And a good sign for the future: trout redds!
Unfortunately I only caught one trout over 10 inches (just barely) and it was a stocker. I have caught wild browns in this stream before. It drives me batty that more often than not I can't find them.
So the big browns did not show at all. I'm not surprised really. This stream is one of the prettiest ones I fish though, it runs through an incredibly steep valley that makes it seem remote despite the hustle and bustle going on not half a mile away.