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OC 04-15-2002 01:50 PM

Good to trout fish again
After a long cold wet winter of steelhead fishing it was good to go trout fishing again.
Had a job over in Moses Lake last week so I hit the near by spring creek. I'm not big on Washington State Trout fishing so it was 1st time fishing this creek.
1st day was a sunny warm afternoon with no hatches but did notice right off that there were Bibios huvering above mud where springs enter into main creek. Walked 1/2 mile down stream and there were lots of fish from 2 lbs to 8 lbs nymphing on most likely scuds or calibates nymps. Did not want to fish nymps so dug out of my fly box some old bibios patens from the old days on the Heneries Fork and they worked real well. Got 6 rainbows in an hour or two from 2 to 5 pounds. Fish would move 4 or 5 feet for this fly when it hit water. Tried some seal fur ants same size as bibios and even though they look similiar fish were not interested.
Next day cloudy and after completing my work early headed back over hoping for a PMD hatch but nothing again caught 3 more fish on surface in a weedy cove where fish were gulping nymphs in surface film.
This creek is nice to fish and no wading is allowed but does get crowded by noontime yet still plenty of fish to fish to without folks crowding into your fish.
Still amazes me how many fly fishermen do not understand the water shed they are fishing and how easy they get frustrated because they do not understand what is going on.

juro 04-15-2002 02:23 PM

Very cool. Wouldn't mind a little of that myself after a long cold winter - one without very much steelheading either!

thanks for the daydream

OC 04-15-2002 02:52 PM

Thought about all of you back east getting ready to fish for stripers while I was on the creek. Having grown up back there and fishing season opening for stocked trout I feel lucky to be on creek or river with wild fish, crystal clear water,6 & 7x tippet, red winged black birds and cranes singing. Sort of wished you all could have been here while you wait for some of the truely great fly fishing to show up in a couple of weeks.

juro 04-15-2002 03:09 PM

OC - when you get back here I will make sure we hook up next time.

OC 04-15-2002 03:26 PM

Next time back I will drag Sinktip out with me. We would love to sight fish the flats with you. In exchange for a great day on the flats will show you some of my secret unmarked ledges in Quincy Bay and outer Boston harbor that have produced very big fish years ago and I know still hold big fish on the right tide. I bet they can be hooked on a 10 WT too! Notice I didn't say brought to the boat.

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