This big guy was going to town on some dead mammal on the bottom of the river – picking up the carcass and shaking it like a dog.
These are the same dragonfly larval cases that BlogFlyFishMA mentioned in his post a day or so ago
Juvenile Eastern Newt. They’re a little different from most salamanders in that the juvenile stage (here) are terrestrial while the adults are aquatic.
Same newt here…
Does anyone out there fish this section of the river? Am I missing something…thoughts, comments, suggestions?
After leaving the lower end of the catch-and-release section I headed upstream to check out the Chesterfield Gorge area. This is where I should have spent the day! Much more in line with what I was expecting. Because I had spent all my time downstream I only was able to fish the gorge area for an hour at the most. It didn’t disappoint. The first deep slot downstream of a plunge pool yielded a nice rainbow on an oversize stonefly nymph. This one actually cooperated for a picture.
I snagged and lost the nymph so I switched to a cone-head sculpin streamer. In the next few features downstream I had 3 rainbows about the same size absolutely annihilate my streamer – 2 of the 3 I actually got to see shoot out from their lies and crush it on the swing. Pretty fun end to what had been a slow day. I’ll be back here, beautiful section of river.
How did everyone else do today?