After the floodgates opened, I decided to come down and fish Saturday. It was tough in the morning, but once the sun went down it was lights out.
Morning: started out throwing a 110+1 in Elegy Bone from Lookout to the Narrows. Had two fish on, one being a really big brown. Came out and swiped at the bait but only got hooked slightly and spit it in one head shake. So it goes. The other was a 15-inch rainbow. Tried dragging Bomber Fat Free Fingerling in Pearl White but got nothing.
Afternoon: After talking with Blake at Lilleys, he told me from Andy's through the Narrows he did really well dragging scuds and San Juans. So, I tandem-rigged a 14 tan scud and a big cerise San Juan. It was on. The key was to hit the very inside edge of the bank, as well as the seam before the drop off on the bluff side. I caught mostly small rainbows, but had two fish break me off that I know were nice fish. Never saw them, though.
Sunday: Fished with Blake and Mark Konecnik from the cable through the Narrows. We were using Duane's signature series jerkbaits--the very small ones. 639 size. We had them on drift rigs and we caught quite a few. Blake boated a 20.5-inch brown in the early morning with Duane on a trip Mark hired him for. Just sitting and talking with Duane makes you realize just how in-tune he is with the trout. Pretty sure he sleeps with them. Well worth it to hire him just to get his baits, too! Everything else I normally use was not working, but the DDSS were rockin.
Overall a good weekend, but I think it shows how the pressure and water conditions has changed the tactics and presentations needed to consistently catch nice fish. Adapt, improvise, overcome.
Photos courtesy of Mark Konecnik.