Sunday, May 13, 2012

Small River and High Water

A friend had a few hours to spare so we went to a local river for some fishing.  When we arrived it was at flood level due to the week long rain.  My normal fish holding spots were mostly useless because of the strong current.  Of course I chose to wear my hip waders and I think we all know where this is going.  We fished a few hours downstream to various spots.  I ended up catching one small brown trout and three fallfish.  The trout was tucked away behind a rock and the fallfish were all in a slow pool next to cover on the edge.  Once we got a quarter of a mile down the river we decided to walk back to the vehicles and drive to another spot.  I haven’t fished this next section of the river, but it looked very good.  There were a few deep pools with submerged logs I tried to get to.  I successfully hooked into a log and the fun started.  I waded out to within half an inch of the top of my waders and could reach the fly when a slight stumble let gallons of water into my waders, you’d be surprised at how quickly they fill up.  The water felt barely over 50 degrees but it did warm up while in my waders.  A few moments later our time was up and we each went our own separate ways.  My way was to a dry pair of pants and socks and he went back to work.  I learned a valuable lesson that day.  Always wear my chest waders.

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