Honestly, it was starting to get discouraging.
Every Saturday or Sunday, I have been getting up early to be on the water before dawn. My goal? Intersect a robust Trico hatch and spinner fall.
At long last, the stars aligned this past weekend, and I saw quite a few gulpers feasting on fallen bugs. It was a joy to see clouds of bugs float over my head and descend to the water.
The fishing was still tough, and I lost some big fish on 7x. But, it was amazing to see so many trouts rising steadily and lazily eat. And, I caught more than I would have anticipated.
The action was so awesome that I went back the next day to the same spot…and, there were few Tricos. The weather seemed the same, at least, to me. No wind. A little more cloud cover, though. The Tricos decided to play elsewhere. Bug hatches are so tough to predict.
Every time I landed a decent fish, I decided to clip off and re-tie. It really helped, as I didn’t lose any fish the second day.
It was a lot of driving on Labor Day weekend. It’s about four-and-half hours in the car to fish five hours. But, it’s worth it for me. If you see oodles of fish rise to Tricos, you’ll know what I mean.
The best fish was about 17″ and surged four times. Thankfully, my knots held. Best wishes to all….