11-23-03 - Time for MP to stop spoiling himself
and put in his dues on the local tribs!
Waters Fished: Pike River, Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 11-23-03
Weather: Rainy and overcast
Air Temp: somewhere in the 60's!
Water Temp: Pike -> 52F
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: Root = Mud, Pike was pretty clear!
Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho?, Browns?
Pattern Fished: Dark Speys, Eggs, Nymphs
Pattern Color: Assorted
Fishing Quality: Still Tough
Well, I slept in..what can I say...I wasn't in
any major motivated state to fish. But when I finally did get up,
and walked outside for that first "Fresh Air" of the morning,
whoa...it was WARM!
Without delay I sped to the Pike, only to find
it devoid of fish, it's normal 'low', and several anglers wading
downstream aimlessly as if lost. I took a quick temp; a balmy 52F
for this time of year. I had a feeling I knew where the fish would
be, but also knowing how things had been, and noting the number
of cars, I wasn't going to stay here today.
On to the Root; it should also be warm. I really
should have taken a temperature, but in my hurry to fish I didn't
really "need" to know the temp. I figure the Milwaukee
was 42F yesterday, the Pike was 52F today, that would put the Root
probably around 48F.
Well, it rained almost all afternoon, keeping most
folks off the river. I did spend considerable time swinging Dark
Speys by the Shelf, no takes there, no fish sighted. Rather than
waste all my time fishing a pool that everyone fishes, I moved downstream
to fish water that I KNOW always has some fish in it.
No surprise, I found fish. At least one crusty
king was roaming about. In the fast water a small salmon was jumping
periodically; couldn't tell what it was for sure but I would GUESS
it was a fresh Coho (more silvery in coloration). Definitely not
a steelhead though.
Now I didn't care if the only fish I hooked into
was that fiesty little fish that was taunting me, but at the same
token someone recently suggested that if the small fish are jumping,
that means there are larger fish underneath! Whoever this person
was may have something; while working the inner seam with a "micro
egg" (size #12 red egg) dropper and a heavily weighted chartreuse
nymph (size #6, tied by Peter M) I hooked up not once, but on two
consecutive casts. The first hit was mearly a headshake, but the
second stayed on long enough to put a bend in my rod and confirm
I was doing something right.
I did get to see the "size" of the fish;
I'd say around 6-7 lbs. Based on how it fought, staying down and
tugging hard, I'd say it was probably a brown. As darkness approached
I tried everything else in my book (I lamely lost my rig on a backcast
and didn't have reinforcements available). No more bites, but it
still made a 3 hour day worthwhile (not to mention the late fall
warmup was most enjoyable).
Next week....another 3 DAYS IN PENNSYLVANIA!