6-18-05 - Fly School with Paul & Anne Rechterman!
Waters Fished: Waterloo Creek, South Bear Creek
Fish Caught: a couple
Outing Date: 6-18-05
Air Temp: 70's
Water Temp: N/A (didn't need to bother with it)
Water Level: normal
Water Color: clear
Fish Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout
Pattern Fished: beadhead nymphs
Pattern Color: olives, tans, grays etc.
Fishing Quality: fair
This was a special day...I'll remember it for a
long time and considering I'm writing about it almost 6 months later...well,
either I'm full of BS or we had a good time!
I was slated to instruct at this particular Fish
Fat Iowa Trout School - turns out Rich had a conflict and couldn't
even make it. Meanwhile, we had just two students - relatively new
fly fisher's Paul & Anne Rechterman. I'd first met Paul online
when he inquired about purchasing a rod I had for sale...a month
later I met him and Anne at the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Show where Anne
picked up the rod I built right after Paul's! One of the most interesting
facts is that in the near future, Paul and Anne have decided to
make the NE corner of Iowa home...so coming to fly school was probably
best described as an "investment for their future together".
We spent most of the morning going through all
the usual fly fishing school components, working at our own pace.
Paul and Anne were surprisingly not that "in a hurry"
to get out on the water....the were just as interested in the essential
"off water" school, even more so than catching fish!
Finally, we'd gone through enough preparations
(and lunch) and it was time to put it all into practice. We started
off at the classic "wide open" spots on the Waterloo,
just above the fly only water in "prairie country".
It soon came to pass that this area just wasn't
going to produce. Considering the heat and bright conditions of
the afternoon, I first took them to a shady pool on South Bear Creek.
I was the first one to hook up, but it took some
time running the bottom of the pool (close to 5') with a pair of
nymphs. A little brookie came to shore. Anne lost at least a couple,
while Paul got the "rotten" luck here...he had one take
at the most.
OK, on to different water...again seeking shade
from the hot sun. The sun was tracing longer shadows now, so we
headed downstream a bit to a section that has MANY good pools and
bends to work.
The move paid off for Paul - a silver stocker rainbow
finally came to shore....it's amazing to see that "first fish
of the day" look on somone's face who doesn't get out often!
Well all took shots, and towards the end of the
day I was asked to give a quick demonstration. There before us were
"oodles" of trout...most had probably struck before at
Paul or Anne's offerings. Therein' lies the crux of spring creek
fly fishing; success is most likely determined (once you're doing
everything else right) by your ability to detect the strike. It
takes experience (or an indicator)!
It's somehow fitting that the last fish of the
day is what some (ok, just a few) anglers would consider the most
challenging fish to catch in the NE IA spring creeks....a nice big
SUCKER! Extremely wary, with very subtle takes and soft lips, the
truth of the matter is that while we all "despise" them,
the Sucker is arguably the MOST challenging of the fish to catch....afterall
there are just as many suckers running around as there are trout,
yet we catch far more trout!
Ha! I think all three of us would agree that we'd
rather catch trout than suckers!