In fact, I did not hook a single fish in the first three hours. I tried all types of water, rotated flies, and adjusted weight, with only a handful of misses to show.
Also, to make matters worse, Fife Dam released water an hour into my trip and 4.5 hours ahead of schedule. I continued fishing, but the off-colored water made it tough. I decided to switch spots.
Luckily, the flows receded soon, and the fishing turned on. Over the next hour or so I went one-for-three, all rainbows. My only landed fish of the day was huge. What it lacked in acrobatics, it more than made up in tenacity. Much side pressure and multiple failed landing attempts later, I landed one of my best fish of the fall, a 17″+ brute!
After releasing that fish, I took it all in.
This fall was one to remember. I enjoyed high-volume days, beautiful weather, and good company. Sunday was not my most favorable or productive day, but it was by far my most rewarding.
Winter is fast approaching and the fishing is slowing down. With some tenacity and willingness to switch flies, you can catch that last big fish of the season.