4-5-06 - A rare weekday morning guide for steel!
Waters Fished: Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 1 personally
Outing Date: 4-5-06
Air Temp: 50's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: High, around 40 cfs
Water Color: stained, visibility 1'
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: All sorts...
Pattern Color: Hot orange eggs and Red Wooly Buggers for me - Dan
had his own chartruese and hot orange killer...
It's early in the morning..I've probably been driving
since 4 AM - the mission today is to meet up with Dan who's come
up from St. Louis for a taste of steel. We've had a lot of rain
and water moving through the streams lately...after looking at flow
charts I pick Oak Creek as our ideal starting point. Dan got a little
turned around in the twilight, but eventually we managed to meet
at Oak Creek around sunrise.
Some folks were already fishing so we moved downstream,
slowly looking for fish. We'd made it almost all the way to the
downstream bridge when I found a great group of 3-4 steelies up
close to the bank in shallow water. Our trip today was a team fish;
after a quick demonstration of how to best approach the situation
(and likely a lost fish), Dan gave it a shot and lost 2, maybe three
fair fish right off the bat. Talk about a good way to start the
day...then again landing one would have been even better.
For the rest of the morning we slowly worked our
way upstream, not far, chasing fish. A friendly angler walked by
and gave Dan more confidence than I ever could have as he shouted,
"Hey, there's 3 or 4 fish down there in front of you".
Dan was back at it, and in short order he tangled
with two more fish. Things slowed down a bit and I got to working
the water as well. 9:00 AM was rapidly approaching and I needed
to get back to Chicago to work...lady luck smiled on me and hooked
me up with a brilliant chrome hen that jumped and ran downstream...we
got her landed, Dan snapped the shot and I left Dan with some parting
I know that advice ended up paying off with a few
fish later in the day for Dan! We had originally scheduled a 2nd
guide for later in the week, but heavy rains pretty much shut that
down. I'm glad Dan got to land a few...just sorry I couldn't stick
around to see it first hand!