4-22-04 - Sleepin' through alarms...
Waters Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 1/1
Outing Date: 4-22-04
Weather: Sunny early
Air Temp: in the 30's
Water Temp: 54F (replaced the thermometer)
Water Level: 250 CFS
Water Color: muddy, less than 6" visibility
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Eggs / small yarn flies
Pattern Color: Pink Egg & Dull Surprise(nymph)
Fishing Quality: hard to judge
The Root was due to be on the rise following a
fair ammount of rain; I was supposed to meet up with Ken at 5:30
or so at the Weir, but as usual I slept through 2 alarms for about
an hour, ended up leaving my house around 6:00 AM instead. Got to
Lincoln at 6:50 and started getting ready; only two other guys on
the river. Turns out Ken had been there at like 5:00 and left!
I spent just a bit of time in the first riffle downstream of the
wier, saw one "fish" jump - could've been steel or sucker.
But knowing that this is NOT FAT's ideal location, I bumped down
to a spot we should call FAT HOLE (i.e. the second riffle-bend into
a hole downstream of the wier, upstream of the footbridge). Another
angler stopped me along the way; he had been out the day before
but didn't get anything.
Well, got to FATHOLE and started drifting; ended up requiring 4#10's
and 1 #6 clamshot to get down to the appropriate depth. Water was
very murky, 6", so I had been fishing with a large, salmon-sized
fuchia egg as the dropper and had on a #10 "Dull Surprise"
nymph, just in case. I fished from shore, having skipped the waders
to save time. On the opposite side another angler was working a
chartreuse bugger or ESL...looked like he was dangling it straight
downstream, perhaps he had sighted a buck or something.
Well about 7:45 it happend, as I was retrieving my line it stopped
and then pulled...FISH ON. It fought more like a brown, many head
shakes, but on the first half-hearted jump/rool/thrash I could see
it was STEEL!
Got it in and tailed it, couple quick picks and released for you
guys to go catch..nice chrome and yet looks like post-spawn hen,
probably 6 lbs. What a way to "break in" my Kilwell, which
I just got back from Justin on Tuesday (finally sent it back after
breaking it last fall on the Brule with REDHAT and B)!
So I left early (about 8:10 AM) after landing a sucker, thought
maybe I'd head to the Pike (but I didn't)...water temps on the Root
were a balmy 54F!
There are still fish in the River!