3-19-05 - Bested by the weather!
Waters Fished: Pike River, Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 3-19-05
Air Temp: 30's and dropping.
Water Temp: didn't bother.
Water Level: Root coming up (200+ CFS), Pike Up (80 CFS?)
Water Color: Muddy, visibility only 1' max on the Pike, even less
on the Root.
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Spawn, Streamers, egg patterns
Pattern Color: Threw the gammut.
Fishing Quality: ROUGH!
Man, can I sum up an afternoon of fishing quickly...we
made the cardinal mistake...we left fish. It started out that Ken
was looking to break in the new 9' 7wt. I had built for him...he
was also originally planning on bringing out a buddy new to fly
fishing. By all accounts, a guided trip, but I forewarned him that
if the DNR had not processed my license, I could not accept any
payment from him. As of today, still no DNR license, so this trip
is on me.
Well, Ken's buddy cancelled, so Ken and I just
fished like we have before. Based on my luck the day prior, we started
our day at the mouth of the Pike. 6 fish were on stringers when
we arrived, 5 steelies and a brown. One of those steelies was a
buck with a head the size of a truck...it really didn't look like
it fit his body! While we braved casting into a 20mph north wind,
we saw yet another steelie landed. All of these fish had come for
lucky anglers bottom bouncing spawn.
Now, I hope Ken doesn't mind me saying this, but
he needed some work with the fly rod. After Ken called it at the
mouth (seriously, it was BITTERLY COLD) we went upstream to the
spot where I had done well yesterday. Most of that time was spent
helping Ken acquire the roll cast, which with some practice he got
down pretty well.
This spot on the Pike proved to be too dirty to
fish...you just couldn't even see the bottom mear inches from the
shore. I figured we might as well head to the Root and try our luck
downstream. This proved to be a futile move...the Root was also
pretty dirty. One last move a bit upstream didn't yield any more
luck for either of us...while there were plenty of brown trout smolts
around even these proved to be tough with the dirty water. I'd say
Ken vastly improved his fly casting, and if anything, that was the
best catch of our day. Ken and I both knew that leaving the mouth
of the Pike, which was hot right then and there (and from subsequent
reports is now back to DOA status) was probably the only real mistake
we made that day. Live and learn.
With the Root coming up, I didn't even bother with
fishin' Sunday...rather it was an ideal day to build rods! After
talking with several of my buddies, skipping Sunday was on all accounts
the prudent choice. Even the guys I know who've fished the SE Tribs
for 10 years+ are scratching their heads....we all agree on one
thing...it's been really really cold.