My wife is out of town, and with kid duty this afternoon, I decided to fish for a little bit after lunch. I worked a local freestone. It’s not a big piece of water, and I view it as a large stream.
I was landing some chubs and browns and decided to work some new water. “Gee,” I wondered, “could there be a big trout at that spot?” I was looking at some shallow water at the head of the run.
The water was broken at the surface and the spot just looked fishy to me. It looked like a place where an alpha trout would hold in order to get first dibs on food going by.
I cast my nymph. I felt the line tighten slightly and set the hook.
Boom! We were off to the races.
Eventually, this 17″ holdover brown trout came to the net.
I took a few pictures of its head, as I hear that’s how you identify fish, via the locations of spots. So, I’m hoping to catch this fish again, now that I know where it lives.
I wedged the net among some rocks and let the fish just chill out. As I’ve written before, I keep fish in the water and don’t handle them much. I pretty much sat there in complete awe of nature’s beauty and how blessed I am to see such a lively and beautiful trout. I’m a very lucky guy.
Here are some more pictures. A happy Friday to all!