Went to a wild brook today but with intent to finally get my daughter to convert some fish. We have fished tenkara together a few times. She has hooked fish and landed fish I hooked, but she still had not hooked and landed her own. These wild brookies can be tough, they are small and experts in survival and getting away.
I didnt fish, just was a guide today. She must have hooked a dozen but dropped them all. Then it started to hail on us, followed by a hard rain and a drop in temps. Once the storm passed we broke out the backbacking stove and cooked lunch.
We had our second wind and we continued our quest and had a few more dropped fish. Then on our way out we hit our first pool and she finally landed her first wild brook trout. Pretty awesome.
All fish today responded to the end of pool swing which i tend to use a lot on inactive trout. Seems to drive them nuts, especially if i swing into a skate. My daughter quickly mastered it. Pretty cool to watch the fish dart from the bottom to take their shot and dash back deep to safety.
On our hike out my daughter noticed something i had never seen. I looked them up. It is a fungi that are called earthstars.