After we arrived and made introductions, I lined up my rod, while the guide lined up Dad's. The guides in the shop looked at each other, grinned and said stained water, 2X leaders will work just fine. They rigged us up with a Pine Squirrel Leech, trout egg, and at the start, a san juan worm on the bottom.
We stowed our rods in the boat, put our waders on, and trucked out to the boat launch site below Grey Reef Dam. While our guide parked his truck we saw a couple boats that launched ahead of us already into fish on the first run. We were pumped!
It was time to go... now of key note, this was my first time using my new Orvis Clearwater reel. As a result, I didn't check the drag very closely, which was about to be costly. Our first pass down the run, I get my line into the seem perfectly and on my first cast, I hook into a monster. However, my drag is set way to loose. The fish takes off with line like it's nothing, Realizing how loose my drag is, I start palming the reel to slow him down, and once he stops, I hold the line taught, so that i can re-position my hand and adjust the drag. During that crucial few seconds, He tries to take off again, my rod corks over double. I have the base up at 45 degrees, and my rod tip is nearly in the water, and with that a couple of headshakes and the line goes limp as the trout goes free. By his feel he easily topped the 24" rainbow I caught the fall before. Ugh! The guide looks at me, and just says, well we got that out of the way early!
Our guide, Colter, backrows us to the top of the run again, and this time, I land a solid rainbow. However, my Dad is in the boat, and I really want him to catch a fish. As it goes, Dad gets a few hits, but doesn't land that first fish just yet. After the second run, I'm up to 4 fish total. Dad has a couple more hits, and one brief battle where the fish gets off with a Long Distance Release. Finally a few minutes later, Dad gets another hit, gets the fish onto his reel pretty quickly and the guide nets the fish. I tell Colter that is his first fish on a fly so I want a picture. He pulls the boat into a back eddy, and below, Dad's first trout on a fly!
|Dad holds onto his first trout on the fly|
We both continue to catch some nice fish, though the lower runs aren't nearly as stacked as those first 4 or 5 runs we hit on the float trip. If I could, I think I would just hit those all day long!
|A poorly held, but decent rainbow|
|Dad battles a trout boatside|
|Holding a healthy Rainbow colored up for the spawn|
|Dad holds a nice rainbow|
|Out guide Colter, holds one ofDad's larger rainbows of the day|
|Dad battles a rainbow|
|A nice size rainbow brought to net|
|A nice N. Platte Brown Trout|
|Boat Ramp Rainbow!|
Until next time, tight lines everyone!