I looked at maps online this week for a new place to fish near home that hopefully some had trout.
I have been hitting my regular holes and getting 12 inch stocker here…8 inch brookie there. But few small fish and not many. Figured I would try my luck and Google mapped my next outing.
I almost stayed inside with the heavy rain.
With all the rain I managed to drag myself out after a nice hot breakfast.
After hiking to the water I tied up a home tied Hornberg. I used loon floatant for the dead drift from upstream. Stripped it back up to me from the swing streamer style.
Water was about 20 feet across 3 ft. deep and a swift current chilly at about 58.5 degrees. Because of the small water I opted for my 6’6” 4wt superfine rod.
Small water small fish is my normal trip on the water. Little did I know?
When the Hornberg swung 20 feet down stream I started to strip it back and though I got hung up on a log. No log just a pig……….about 21 inches. My largest brown trout to date.
Fished my way upstream changing over to a tung head soft hackle with a hotspot. (tied this one too)
Managed to hook into a nice little brown.
After a cup of coffee the rain picked up and I was wet and tired. Started heading back for the truck. A few more casts first and bam….This one hit while dangling the TH Soft hackle straight down stream in swift current. Little movement on the fly but I imagine the flow made the hackle look alive. 20+ inches and I thought it would snap my rod or my arm. Heck of a fight and a fat fish.
One of my best days on the water and the two biggest browns I have ever caught. Best part is I tied the flies myself and they put up a heck of a fight and bend on the 4wt superfine.
I may never fish a sunny day again.
Thanks for looking.