Here we go again. Running out of adjectives. But this year is different. The normal spots, flats, islands, and channels are under water. The grass and willows are under water or have water flowing through them. There are channels that usually only look like water was there in a flood. Now they have fish rising. And so does the whole damn river. PMD madness. Pods of fish, single fish, lines of fish. Crowded, of course, but everybody's casting to fish. This is only from day one, and I chose to float to Craig, but only really fished three spots. I passed thousands of rising fish on the float. One of those "know when to say when" days on the MO. Physically, I hate to say I just can't keep catching these fish all day either. Age sucks. Got backing? Better have. Hottest fish in the west, and then throw in the high water, and off they go! Never saw a fish under 16 inches, most 18-20. Sometimes it was literally, a fish a cast. Lost count early on. Oh, and forget the early shit. Bankers hours. Hatch starts at 10, goes until dark. I launched at 7:30, and made it until about 3:30 today.
I'm still working on the underwater picture thing. If there was one thing not quite perfect today, it was the clouds. Poor picture light, but the sunny days will prevail. And I'll get better at the underwater shots I hope.
|Fish in the grass--That's where they are|
|Caddis are back!|
|Usually dry, now a fishy channel|
|The boat goes in grass, not on a gravel bar|
|Ma and Pa's riffle, deep and covered up.|
|Still a few wadeable spots|
|As usual for MO PMD's|
|The little spooky channel, a river runs through it.|
|Smashed and Trimmed Lt. Cahill-Fly Of The Day by far. They're gobbling spinners!|
|A little bit of California Island showing.|
|Just killer along the island between Barb Wire and Lone Tree|
|It worked too|
|Getting closer to that in/out shot I'm looking for.|