1-3-04 - Well maybe I'm not bad luck for OTHER
folks when fishing in Indiana!
Waters Fished: Little Calumet River
Fish Caught: Several by CS, 0 personally.
Outing Date: 1-3-04
Air Temp: Highs around 40F
Water Temp: didn't take it
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: Typical Jade, clarity about 1-2 feet.
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Steelhead
Pattern Fished: SKEIN
Pattern Color: Uncured
Fishing Quality: Good for some....
If my New Year's Resolution had been to not fish
in Indiana for 2004 (and trust me, I seriously contemplated that
one) then I would have only gone 56 hours or so before breaking
it. Weather in Iowa was due to be freezing and Wisconsin's weather
was heading that way too, but Indiana had a good forecast for Saturday.
Perhaps I'd get a few things on my list checked off.
First thing was to visit Dave @ Creekside and get
his help in devising the removable 10" butt section for my
10' 10" 6wt. "Switch Rod" that I've been planning.
Unfortunately, Dave was on a well-deserved vacation...shop was closed
through the 5th. Well, scratch that for now but leave it on the
"to do" list.
Second thing was to fish with Chromeseeker; he
worked Friday (I got lucky to have Friday off) so this was the first
day we'd get to fish together in '04 - I'm not going to pass up
that opportunity. By the time I got to our spot Bart was already
down on the water and had landed 2 smaller steelhead!
Well, Bart had been getting his directions wrong
all day...heck he sent me all the way to Michigan City when he got
his "east and west" confused. Somehow, he was also getting
his upstream and downstream confused; fortunately as I walked upstream
I ran into a couple friendly anglers (unfortunately guys, I'm bad
with names) who knew Bart and knew he was in fact "DOWNSTREAM".
After giving him plenty of sh*t; we got to the
business of fishing. And yes, I "caved and went to bait"
right off the bat...no reason to screw around with the fly rod when
virtually every native expert tells me I'm wasting my time doing
so when winter steelheading in Indiana. Bart's success over the
past few weeks dictated that I should at least TRY drifting something
other than a fly.
To make a long story short, Bart creamed them.
A total of 7 fish landed, from a couple 10" freshly chrome
smolts to his first Indiana Brown, a very respectable fish around
6lbs. No huge double digit steelies for this outing, but 7 fish?
It's taken over 10 days for me to land ONE on the fly.
Yet all the same, Bart has obviously picked up
the knack of drifting for steelies in Indiana. Fishing the exact
same rigs, drifting the same runs with the same bait, I would be
generous to say I even had a bite. Sure, my float went down once
or twice, but I came up with NOTHING. I mean, it's to the point
where when Bart decided we'd move upstream, he said "First
Cast I land a fish, just watch." Well, the 2 lb steelie showed
up on the 2nd cast....