4-07-05 - Another "Pre Fish" with the
Waters Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 0/1 personally
Outing Date: 4-07-05
Air Temp: Mild - 60s
Water Temp: 52F
Water Level: 250 CFS and rising
Water Color: vis about 4-6"
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Egg Patterns
Pattern Color: Chartreuse mostly
Fishing Quality: Pretty good all thing considered.
This report literally covers the span of about
an hour. Somehow Rich
Brown got out of work early and well, all I had to do was go
teach at CLC at 7:00 PM. We had a large group guide in the morning
and wanted to see how things were going.
It didn't take much prodding - I headed out to
meet up with FAT at Quarry Park on the Root. FAT had already fished
the dam area, hooked a fish and lost it. Overall, he wasn't very
satisfied with the experience at Horlick, thus the switch to Quarry.
We covered the water - flies had to be large as
the water was truly muddy. At the tailout of a flat, I briefly connected
with a fish...one head shake and it was gone. It was also approaching
the time I'd have to leave if I was to get to school on time!
FAT and I headed back upstream. It was pretty much
time to call it when I literally STUMBLED onto a pod of fish redding
right at the shore at the head of a riffle. 3 out of the 4 fish
instantly shot downstream...there, a yard in in front of me, remained
1 dark buck.
I'd had my fair shake...while I could've easily
landed this fish I figured it was the least I could do to repay
Rich for all his instruction and encouragement over the last 2+
years. I instructed Rich to get upstream from me. From where I stood,
I could see the fish and knew EXACTLY where Rich would need to cast.
Meanwhile, Rich was fishing blind...this would be a team effort.
It paid off with a huge lunge and the fight was
on. We landed the fish, a truly DARK buck, but a steelhead all the
same. I may have written it before but I'll write it again...all
I need is a one fish day and it's a GOOD DAY.