I wanted to try jigging a large streamer in a small stream, something I had never done before. I tied on a size 6 Butt Monkey and jigged many of the deeper runs as we made our way up the trail. Fishing the heavy streamer was doable on the 6'6" 5 weight fiberglass rod, but "casts" often involved lobbing, pendulum, and even bow-and-arrow casts, something I found particularly enjoyable on such a small stream. After taking a better look at the stream, I am anxious to return in warm weather with a more sensible fly, say a dry/dropper or wet fly. Of course I didn’t elicit any takes, but knowing that large wild browns use these feeders as spawning streams, I was hoping for the odd holdover.
|#6 Butt Monkey|
Eventually the trail left the creek, and turned uphill toward a saddle. From there the trail followed a contour, and with the leaves gone, a hiker was able to take in the surrounding ridges.
|Glass Rod in the Woods|
After five miles the loop was unfortunately over. We hiked a little faster than I anticipated, so I fished the main river for a bit, or as much as I could without waders. I worked a deep green slot on the far bank under some overhanging rhodo while my wife and dog watched on. The water was very cold, and I wasn’t really expecting much, though everytime my eye caught the streamer undulating in the current, I could envision a massive golden flash swiping at the fly. Midway down the run, however, the line did tighten in my hand though my strip-set was weak. We connected momentarily, and after a couple of quick headshakes the line went limp. I did see a good sized fish swim away, and that was good enough for me.