5-7-06 - Last chance day for the "newbies"...
Waters Fished: Bear Creek, South Bear Creek, Big
Springs Pond, Turkey River
Fish Caught: 3
Outing Date: 5-5-06
Air Temp: 70's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: Normal, except the Turkey River was RAGING.
Water Color: Turkey River Visibility less than 6". Big Springs
Pond visibility 2-3'. The rest were clear.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Various beadhead nymphs, #18-20, Chicago Leaches
and other big patterns
Pattern Color: Assorted
Another great breakfast and we kicked off the day
right where we did yesterday on the Bear. I opted to fish some likely
water right outside our cabin while Mike and Derek went straight
back to the bend. After 3 hits on my line, I moved up to check things
out...the water looked a bit dirtier and I didn't see anything in
the bend which bolstered Mike's observation.
The night before we had talked about some destinations
for today and one that was on Mike's short list was South Bear Creek.
I hung with Derek earlier on while Mike pool hopped. MOST spots
that normally hold TONS of fish were EMPTY which was more than unusual
in my opinion. Judging by the angling pressure we observed at most
access points, I'm going to guess that many fish had be taken over
the weekend. That didn't stop us from fishing to anything we found!
The South Bear was running VERY CLEAR...all weekend
we had been fishing 4 lb fluorocarbon tippet. It seemed that maybe
we needed to make a switch? I dropped to 2lb and instantly got a
fish landed. YUP, that's the answer...these fish have seen TONS
of pressure over the weekend.
As the morning wore on, Derek and I found Mike
eagerly fishing to a pod of concealed fish. I had pointed the spot
out earlier, noting all the fish, yet back then Derek and Mike had
both simply moved on. Well, as it turned out, this would be our
last stand on South Bear.
We stayed for about an hour...probably longer than
we should have. Once Mike got the flies exactly where they needed
to be, he got a LONG strike. His line danced for a couple seconds....I
was shouting "SET THE HOOK"...I think Mike may have been
distracted. By the time he came back the fish was gone. A couple
fish were rising and a small midge hatch was coming off. I switched
Mike up to dries. Despite lots of good casts, this spot didn't give
up anything for either of the guys.
Around noon it was time to start heading home...but
we would have time for one more spot. After driving through Waukon
and gassing up (and of course picking up some slices of Casey's
pizza) we made our way south towards Big Springs. It's Sunday afternoon...this
place could be crawling with anglers.
As we came over the last ridge and drove down along
Big Springs Pond, I was relieved to see that we were the ONLY ANGLERS
THERE! EXCELLENT, we should have a great time!
We made our way down to the pond, switching up
to some larger patterns to call in the big boys. Before Mike had
even rerigged I had already landed 2 fish. Of course, we stopped
at the pond simply to wait for Mike; the real destination was the
But when we got to the Turkey, we found it high
and muddy. That doesn't automatically mean it's "bad"
though. Mike and Derek took turns practicing their roll casts and
working the flies in the heavy currents. After 10-15 minutes without
a hit, I realized this wasn't fishing nearly as good as it should
have. BACK TO THE POND!
Of course, I think we'd had our allotment of hits
for the weekend. Derek and Mike had their work cut out for them...to
get to the best fishing holding water they needed distance in their
casts without putting their backcasts into the grassy hill behind
them. For the next hour we all made our way around the pond...I
saw some HUGE turtles and spent a bit of time sightcasting to a
lone trout cruising on the sandy flats...sure looked like bonefishing
to me! In the end, we only really gave up when a family of anglers
fishing bait showed up. Back to city life...