After a brief hiatus from fishing due to my wedding planning and life in general I decided that it was a good day to head up to Bear Creek and do some exploring.
It was a balmy 41 degrees but still very comfortable to explore the river and up the canyon. I started fishing at 8 in the morning and spent the entire day on the water. It was great and man, I have to tell you that there were more than a few good sized fish to be found but apparently not to be caught.
I started with a #16 Ishigaki Kebari that apparently the fish had no interest in. I used this fly until I noticed that the trout were feeding on something extremely small and almost invisible to the naked eye on the surface or just below the film. I switched over to a #18 PMD with a chartreuse post. And guess what? It failed as well, but I had lots of lookers and no takers. Super frustrating and kind of a downer, but I kept fishing.
I continued to get frustrated until I say a very small bug fly by that was much closer to a #22. I decided to drop my fly down to a #22 midge pattern. To my glee and enjoyment, I quickly unlocked the key to catching fish. Sadly, this was towards the end of the day that this discovery accord but even so I caught 3 very sizable fish.
I must say and I think you will all agree that the size and color of each fish made a long day on the water that started slowly but ended with a bang was well worth it. In order from fish one to fish three here is the beauty that I discovered.
The best part of this all was that they all came from the same run and the fight for each one didn't put the hole down. It was a great experience and lit a major fire inside me to continue fishing each day that I can. With that thought, I am going fishing this Thursday morning again at Bear Creek and maybe even next Monday for another awesome day of exploring but probably not in this area but further west up the road.
As a side note, I used the Tenkara USA Ito for the entire day and am currently working on a complete review of the rod. I will let you all know when this is done and for those who have the Ito can agree with my findings or agree to disagree.
Till we meet again either here or on the water, without being to cliche,
"I don't always fish, but when I do, I only use a Tenkara rod."
Labels: Bear Creek, Ishigaki Kebari, Ito, Midge Patterns, Tenkara USA