The school ended on Sunday morning at 11 am. After lunch, Marc Williamson and I headed up river with a couple of fellow anglers go fish an area known as the Boulders. Most of the river is pocket water, but this area in classic riffle pool water.
The day was perfect. Beautiful blue sky, a light breeze, and crystal clear water. Caddises, a small mayfly (probably Baetis, but I didn’t catch any to tell for certain), and a small, pale green stonefly (probably Isoperla) were available to the fish; imitations of all three were successful. I caught a nice rainbow and a nice cutthroat on nymphs early in the day, but we used a bright yellow bodied Elk Hair Caddis with some flash in the wing for most of the day.
My 905 Hardy Zenith was the prefect rod for that water. I cast nymphs and shot with ease, and tossed tight loops with the dries, readily putting the imitations back under overhanging branches or curve casting them across stream for a perfect, drag-free float.
As one would expect, in such high mountain streams, most of the fish were small, but there were enough exceptions to keep the fishing interesting. One of the nicer cutthroats that I took was brilliant butter yellow, and the larger rainbows all boasted brilliant colors. Of course we caught brookies, too, large volumes of them. Marc landed a nice one of about 10 inches, but all mine were the classic “6-inch” fish.
All in all it was a delightful day that included a great hike, constant action, and delightful scenery.
The stretch of river below the Boulders is classic riffle/pool water.
The best fish were in the broken water areas watching for surface drift.
The upper river is replete with brookies, most of this sze.
One of the nicer cutthroats was a brilliant butter yellow.
The rainbows were all nicely colored.