Skunked for the season, I went to a spot that had been stocked, after fishing last weekend to rising fish and hooking up once, landing nil—and that on a streamer!
Yesterday things turned out differently. Happily, after a few minutes, I got a couple stockies. I love all fish. Here's the noblest one. Sorry about the light lines—I think it was from having the flash turned on for every picture and not remembering how to turn it off:
That wasn't the surprise.
The real nice guy fishing near me moved over a bit, so I headed up to the strong current and white water. I changed to my normal nymph rig, and after the second cast, that strike indicator went down with that violence we all like to see. After a run, I see a leap, and a landlocked salmon bigger than almost anything I've caught at GLS, and maybe bigger. Then, I remember that I'm fishing on 6X because my spool of 5X had just run out. After getting him to the net, I've made some noise, and the nice fellow fisherman comes over. In the problem I like to have, my net wasn't big enough and of course seeing the net, my landlocked friend took off. My co-pilot helped me out, and took this picture with the camera still attached to my waders:
The rig was a wooly bugger as top fly, and a number 12 stone as the dropper. He was hooked, actually, on the bugger, but by the time he was released, the stonefly was gone.
Where there's stocked fish, there can be other ones too!