Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Unstocked Trickle

My hopes were set on the melting snow coloring up the water. As I arrived, my well wishing was quickly realized. Despite ideal water conditions, the fish were less than cooperative. I hooked and landed two silver freshies, but both scooted away before I could snap pictures. Things were slow after the twin excitement, so I decided to make a run down route 5, towards a smaller, unstocked creek. This creek is only five yards wide but has parts stacked with steelhead, domestics and the occasional pod of spawning lake run browns.

Techniques change dramatically when tributary hopping. Streams of such small size require a delicate presentation, starting with a slow steady sneak when approaching the water. I removed my strike indicator and lowered my tipit to 4x fluorocarbon. I tied on the smallest sucker spawn I had in a tempting peach color and prepared to make one cast. That’s all you usually get before the pod of fish scatters, but if you present the fly correctly, you can have several fish clamoring for your offering at once.

My cast rolled out, up and across stream. I made a light mend bringing the line back, behind the fly, letting the bead head sucker spawn tumble along the shale substrate. One nose passes after a quick inspection, another fish darted out of the way as if sensing my leader. As the fly approached the end of the drift a quick flash darted from a crevasse in the shale that I had not previously noticed. With a head swinging snatch the silver bolt pick up my sucker spawn and headed back for his hid out. I raised my rod and allowed the fast getaway to seal his fate.

Comments on "Unstocked Trickle"


Anonymous Ryan said ... (10:56 PM) : 

Nice fish! I have had two slow days at the NSSC myself in the last week, with monday really sucking as my camera went for a swim. Just curious as to what creek the pics are from? or is this creek a VSC( very secret creek)


Anonymous Mr. Labiak said ... (6:16 PM) : 

Hello Andrew. Rick told me about your site several weeks ago, and I've been enjoying it immensely. Great work. I must say, your success with the fish this season has me envious.In fact, I'm switching over to your style of sucker-spawn tie. I suggest a caution here-
mentioning small-creek names should be done privately, if at all.
So long for now Andrew. Thanks for a fine local steelhead site.


Blogger DreamsOfSteel said ... (7:59 PM) : 

Mr. Labiak! I'm so pleased you enjoy the site. I hope all is well with you and your family. Pass my regards on to Rick.

I will heed your caution; I recently installed a visitor counter on the site and did not realize I was soliciting 1500 page views a week. No more creek naming from me!

I like using the egg yarn for the sucker spawn in conjunction with a bead head because I think it mimics the drift of natural spawn quite well. Spawn is naturally negatively buoyant, if it weren't steelhead would have a tough time securing their eggs in spawning gravel. When eggs slip free of nests they tumble along the bottom in fertilized clumps where feeding trout slurp them without much effort. The egg yarn absorbs water and when coupled with the weight of the hook and bead, it allows me to present the fly in a tumble, along the bottom substrate looking oh so good to a hungry trout.

Keep me posted of your success! It’s nice to hear form you!



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