Every trip up here, there’s a stretch of cold and rain. It just comes with the territory.
That happened yesterday, which meant that fewer people were out on the river. It also meant you had to bundle up.
We hit a few spots within the Trophy Stretch, as well as below Murphy Dam. Regarding the latter, the water was high and very cold, given the expanse of Lake Francis above it. Bracing. We wanted to find some holdover and big browns that tend to congregate there, feasting on smelt that have washed through. We did find some rainbows, but the browns eluded us.
All in, we ended up catching a few dozen fish. The fish were stockies of the 2018 vintage, I am guessing, and, so, the high numbers aren’t as impressive as they may sound initially.
But, we had a great time.
The highlight of the day was an aggressive brook trout that leapt out of the water to take a Caddis I was bouncing. I’ve seen very few risers on this trip. The water has been 50 °F at the Trophy Stretch. There were no Caddis laying eggs, but why no simulate one, I thought?
Here is the fish. Not huge, but certainly one with chutzpah.
At night, we dined at Tall Timber’s Rainbow Grille. It is the best restaurant in the area, IMO. The best way to warm up after a cold day of fishing? Steak and smiles, all around, adding to a mental photo book of father-daughter fly fishing memories.