Today was one of those days where the fishing was so good that you shun all mortal needs until your body just can’t take it anymore. And all of a sudden, it finally hits you: you’re starving, dehydrated, and really (really) have to go to the bathroom.
I headed to a section of Boulder Creek about three and a half miles up from Boulder Falls that has a lot of nice pools and pocket water. I figured this would be good choice since the flows were down a bit and I was driving past a lot of dead water.
I started catching fish right away, but there was something odd. For a split second, I wondered if I had somehow subconsciously program myself to go microfishing because literally every fish I was catching was about three to five inches. I’m used to catching fish more like seven or eight inches on Boulder Creek. But nope. The fish were more like this:
Of course, I wasn’t complaining, I just remember the average browns being a little bigger. Anyway, it soon became moot because as I moved downstream, the fish seemed to get a little bigger
When I finally did hit the wall, I decided I wasn’t going to last long if I didn’t eat and get some water but I marked a really good looking pool to come back to after.
Unfortunately, by the time I got back, a very loud and obnoxious family had claimed it as their swimming hole so I got as far away as I could and continued fishing (and catching fish).
But, by noon, a bunch of climbers moved in and starting blasting music. I hate when people ruin others’ experience in the outdoors by blaring their music (and it’s always bad music too). So, figuring I already had a great day, decided to quit while I was ahead and head home.
The fish were extremely cooperative today, taking anything I threw at them. The two patterns I used the most were the Ishigaki Kebari (with olive grizzly hackle) and the Japanese Lantern but honestly, probably any pattern would have worked.
I caught a few fish on a dead drift but the presentation that proved to be most effective was the downstream twitch. I lost a lot of fish on this method, but it also landed the most.
I’m glad to have had such a wonderful day. I really needed a break from the cubicle. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be getting out this weekend too, but I’m not expecting a repeat of today. I’ll just be glad to get out.