All content © Robert Williamson

All content © Robert Williamson

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Homewater, Skittish Trout, Browns and Beetles

The first trout of the day.
Beautiful little brown.
Average Ogden River brown.
A dark brown. Many of the trout will take on a darker tone in the shadowy canyon.
Low flow means pocket water and rock (boulder) hopping.
Nice Fall brown with crimson spots.
Sitting on a boulder and casting to a nice pocket.
Nice male brown trout.
Typical brown looking to make my beetle pattern a meal.
Almost all the trout were caught with a black beetle with an orange top for easier spotting.
Casting from a sitting position.

Casting to seams between the rocks.
Jumping brown trout!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Early Fall Fly Fishing

Bonneville Cutt with nice orange slash under the jaw.
Sitting in one of my favorite places. I'm more comfortable here than in a recliner.
Typical size cutthroat for this stream.
Small brushy creek with beautiful water and small beautiful trout.
Trout like this are such works of art.
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Fiesty Cutt.
If you listen closely, the water will tell you where the trout live.
Little skittish brown. Stealth is key in catching them.
This is a good-sized fish for such small water. I'm satisfied with trout like this.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

No Stones---Yet.

Using the big rock as cover I was able to catch a few trout from this hole.
The Blacksmith is loaded with stunted brown trout and a few cutthroat.

Small Cutthroat caught on a caddis pattern.

The word was out that large stoneflies were hatching on the Blacksmith Fork in Cache County. I tied up some twisted foam adults and went to check it out. I never saw an adult stonefly anywhere along the river. I decided to fling my foam stone around just in case the trout had seen them and were still willing to rise to one.

I had about five small browns rise to the pattern but turn from it just as quick as they rose. I knew this was a sign that the fly was too big for their liking, and that they had probably not seen a stonefly yet. I went from a size 6 stonefly adult down to a size 14 caddis imitation and was able to hook several fish. All of them small browns and one small cutthroat.

I wasn't too serious today. I just wanted to see if the stoneflies were out. I didn't put on waders, I just walked along the roadside bank and tossed the fly to likely looking spots.

The river is in summer flow conditions. The little snowpack we received this year is definitely gone and I would imagine the river will drop to fairly low flows by fall.

It was a nice feeling to be out. I have an excited feeling about this summer and plan to get out as often as I can.