11-30-03 - Who cares about the fish?
Waters Fished: Pike River, Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 11-30-03
Air Temp: 50's
Water Temp: Root was 39F
Water Level: Back to relatively normal low flows
Water Color: Pike was clear, Root was clear
Fish Species: Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Dark Speys, Eggs, Nymphs
Pattern Color: Assorted
Fishing Quality: If you were fishin' for nice weather, you scored
I was really tempted to not even bother fishing
after the last two days, but warm weather and a call from Chromeseeker
got me back out again.
CS and Jacek started on the Root in Colonial; their
reports weren't fantastic so rather than meet up with them there
I decided to scout out the Pike. Stopped at a few places, saw no
fish. I did however run into an angler who had been out there all
morning with his buddies; they had 3 browns between them (2 his).
I'm guessing he landed them with the lure he had on his spinning
rod; looked like a large treble hook with two 9" soft plastic
twister tail worms. All I'm going to say is "interesting rig"
and move on.
I opted to try the mouth, now reduced to chasing
steelies and browns with the 9' 4wt. SCIV St. Croix that Justin
built for me. Hey, it's arguably the best casting rod left in my
arsenal (So far this season I've broken 2 7 wt. rods and unfortunately
twisted the cork loose on my 9 wt., and yes, the 4wt. casts better
than the 6wt. or 8 wt. I still have).
Bart and Jacek met up with me down by the lake
and told me they had sighted a few crusty browns on the Root but
nothing else was going on. After fishing for a bit, they headed
home and I contemplated doing the same. Then again, it was such
a gorgeous day out that I headed to the Root.
I don't need to say much, I fished all my favorite
holes, never saw a fish, and never felt the tug of anything except
the leaves and the bottom (well, one crossed line up in Quarry;
I think there was some silent miscommunication about who was fishing
which seam...oh well). I left the river just a bit earlier than
normal due to the call of nature.
Things just panned out perfectly I guess; while
driving west on 50 through Kenosha County I ended my day catching
one of the best sunsets I've seen in a LONG time. So enjoy.
Next week, the first Annual Pet Fly Smackdown;
Rumble in Iowa, 2003. The Fat Tribe, Smokin' Tahoe, and new smack-talkin
Team BLT lead by Red Hat. With names like Fruitbat, FMA, Mystic
Mountain Goat Boy...oh you know this is just gonna be a frozen hoot
(all while wearing blaze orange and trying not to get shot)!