4-22-03 - Sprint Fishing against the clock!
Rivers Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 0 (of the "important" kind)
Outing Date: 4-22-03
Air Temp: 40's
Water Temp: 42F
Water Level: average
Water Color: overall moderately stained and semi-clear
Fish Species: Steelhead & Small Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Olive Spey
Pattern Color: Gold & Olive
Fishing Quality: Declining
Today would be another mad-dash for sprint fishin;
make a mad dash after work over the border, pick one hole and work
it work it work it! Well, left work and got into the Root at 6:45!
I'd have until 8:10 to fish!
Bart (Chromeseeker) & Bob (Gumbo) beat me to
the river by a few minutes. When I arrived at downstream Lincoln
Park I found Bob, who had already had one on with the Black Heron,
but had lost it on a rocketing jump!
I tried a couple unnamed marabou patterns in the
pool while a very friendly guy was working a redding pair upstream
of the riffles. For some reason it seems that hte marabou speys
(aka. Spider Speys) are prone to snagging up on underwater structure,
so I shortened my leader to about 8 feet and tied on the Olive Spey.
I moved down to the riffles upstream from Spring
Street and "worked it good". I picked up 2 chunky brown
smolts but didn't get anything else. I STILL get a kick out of the
fact that on small trout streams, these "smolts" would
be respectable trout. However, these fish are our future bruisers,
so it's not like we're targeting them and they are always released
quickly. I DID include a photo of one of the Brown Smolts so you
can get an idea of the looks and size.
A few weeks back I thought that using a large fly
would eliminate my "smolt haul", but that failed to be
the case...as you can see in the pictures the smolts had no problem
inhaling a Diachii 2162 #1! One positive thing that Gumbo and I
have concluded; when swinging more traditional speys you have considerably
less snags and hangups on underwater structure...and when you do
snag it's often easier to get your rig unhooked without wading out
Anyways, Bart was working up in Island Park and
met up with Bob. Around 7:40 we got out the cell phones as we hadn't
found any more fish, and moved up into Lincoln Park.
Somehow I managed to get there first, and after
clearing my entrance into the upper riffles with the guy who was
fishing the very head, I got in. Bob & Bart soon followed, and
we really power fished that riffle; Bob drifting the Black Heron,
me swinging the Olive Spey, and Bart working a dual egg rig. We
did sight one or two fish, but they managed to run our gauntlet.
Bart was the only one to hook up with anything...another chunky
We pulled out of the water at 8:10 (30 minutes
after sundown) to chat a bit and get packed up for the trip home.
While we all had fish on the line of some sort or another, we basically