This was a toss up being placed in the trip forum or the tenkara.
I fish a trout managment area that dumps in a variety of trout. Typically a good mix of rainbows, browns, brooks, and some token tigers.
This year I have done 6 outings at this location, and all of them have produced rainbows…and only rainbows. Yesterday, I landed 7, dropped a couple confirmed rainbows, and had several unconverted takes…that looked like rainbows. I do not think I have seen so many rainbows across a long stretch of river. I suspect the State is planting them for their toughness…but I know there are browns in there and I have visual confirmation on some nice brookies.
Why am I only catching the stupid trout? aka rainbows?
The weird thing is that I had some takes in the pool with the brook trout and after two outings I finally landed a fish and it turned out to be a rainbow. I cannot get away from them. I tried all kinds of different presentations. And Yes, there where a half dozen identified brookies milling around the pool.
The other interesting thing. Even the rainbows were exhibiting really spooky behavior. I was 20 feet from the edge of a pool creeping up and I still spooked a large trout, which I assumed was a rainbow. I continued my crawl to the casting position from behind a tree…and looked where I saw the fish flash and there was nothing. Ususally rainbows will return to their lie…not this one. Nor did I catch a thing in that pool.
In another pool. I had a large rainbow come up and grab my grave digger. Missed the hookset as I marveled at his size. He did not return. It seemed like all these missed trout were one an done. A trait I thought only limited to browns.
Help a brother out…what is going on?
The uptown trains are on the downtown platform and the downtown trains are on the uptown platform.
What was wonderful about yesterday…the stoneflies were flying around like b-52s. Midges and stones…
oh spring…speak to me in the language of bugs!!!