6-22-03 - Have you had the "Paradise Springs
Waters Fished: Paradise Springs
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 6-22-03
Air Temp: 80's
Water Temp: I keep forgetting to take it, but I suspect it's still
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Pattern Fished: Girth's Gnat, Bars, Ant, Cricket, disc other tiny
Pattern Color: per respective patterns; bares in both copper and
Fishing Quality: Exciting and Challenging
OK, I've taken enough pictures of Paradise Springs,
you guys get the drift. I probably won't bother taking more pictures
here unless there's a fish OR for the change in seasons.
So anyway it's a short but exciting report. I was
supposed to help one of my friend's move, but PeterM could only
get out on this day, in a couple weeks he's having a knee replacement
and vacations before that, so I had to delay the moving help (yeah,
like I was really looking forward to that anyway???)
I got to PS around 11:30 am and found a LOT of
new anglers there...4 to be precise. One guy was wasting his time
in the Creek, while the other 3 were smart and were upstream in
the pond proper. While nymphing, I got the most looks and a couple
missed takes on a very small copper brassie.
I worked from the Dock considering I had limited
time and wasn't going to crowd out other anglers, nor was I going
to take the killer lie as 2 guys had been fishing it for a while
before I arrived and were letting it cool down. I had no luck until
Peter Showed up around 12:30 pm...shortly after that I got a hit
on a Griffith's Gnat, size 20, but failed to keep the fish on the
hook past the initial shake.
Now I should mention that I did NOT see the gorgeous
rainbow! Where is he? He's like one of maybe two rainbows in the
entire pond; if he's gone my chances for the triple slam are GONE
(like they were really good before?). Anyways, it was a really bright
sunny day and even the big browns were cruising the surface rather
than doing their usual thing (chopping through the weeds on the
bottom like carp).
Peter got the idea to try an Ant and on only his
second or third cast he summoned a big brown, probably 18",
to his fly. Maybe he set the hook too soon or something..but he
didn't end up connecting on the vicious surface take.
OK, so they're looking for terrestrials falling
out of the tree. I pointed out the largest trout I've EVER seen
in the pond...easly 24"+ but more like closer to 30".
It looked LARGER than the trout I landed last fall at the mouth
of the Pike River. I offered him to Peter but he demanded I take
the honors. A black cricket pattern well placed got SEVERAL looks...the
problem here is they can LOOK all day...it's not like the fly is
going to drift by downstream in a matter of seconds. Well, he came
within 2" of the fly...I have never been sooo high on adrenaline
in all my life. Heart throbbing in my throat...wow the excitement.
After a minute of looks he decided there is something WRONG with
the cricket and he's not going to take it. I tried again with a
black ant but he showed NO interest.
Well, it went on like this but eventually I had
to go...I was trying to leave by 1:15 but didn't make it out of
there until 2...kept on saying "next cast will be the trick"...NOPE.
However, a couple other guys landed 3 or 4 fish under a tree on
a black caddis, size 16, from the "killer lie". I still
haven't heard from Peter how he did, but I suspect he faired well
being a VERY seasoned trout angler and former commercial fly tier...he
knows his stuff.
While I was kinda surprised about the amount of
anglers there, I welcome it. Being a catch & release only situation,
and being that the fish are darn smart to begin with, additional
pressure is NOT going to hurt the area. Furthermore, there is room
for easily 6-8 anglers at a time if some are willing to wade. Poachers
however will be called into the DNR (it's on my cell's speed dial
and I DO get roaming reception there ;)