4-25-03 - The Precursor to another weekend of fishin!
Rivers Fished: Pike River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 4-25-03
Air Temp: 50's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: low
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: N/A
Pattern Color: N/A
Fishing Quality: Didn't Really Fish
Daylight-Savings combined with the extending daylight
hours of spring have started to allow for evening trips north; with
this knowledge in hand I made a mad-dash for the Pike on Friday
after work! 24 hours ago fish were on the Redds, I knew this second-hand
from a reliable source. 48 hours ago the fish were there as well!
So I hopped in about 7:00 where I thought I'd find them...and guess
what, all I found were redds. Nothing but REDDS at A & 13th.
I did stop to "fish" what I thought was a fish in a hole...turns
out it was nothing but a stone with a leaf trailing behind it. Trust
me, it LOOKED like a fish at the time.
So I moved upstream to find one lone fish on a
redd; totally crusty and barely alive. I walked the entire stretch
of gravel, eventually returning to this fish, who had picked up
a companion at this point. Totally spooky, he moved back into a
pool well before I was even within fishing range. A look at the
pools upstream turned up another underneath a bridge, which I fished
in vein for a bit. The bite was nowhere to be found.
About 8:00 things were getting pretty dark, and
I headed back to the old female, still sitting there barely moving.
End of legal fishing time was roughly 8:15 PM, and honestly, as
that time hit about 10 friggin fish poured out of the pool above
her and onto the gravel. All I could do was strain in the darkness
and watch (or more precisely listen) as the orgy began. I guess
that old girl got her last hurrah in afterall. At least I knew where
the fish *should be* in the morning.