Transitions

Transitions

After a long spring of grinding days for musky I decided it was time to change up the game and chase some trout. When I came back from Wisconsin the rivers where raging and damns were overflowing. That has since gave way to more sustainable flows and some nice clear high water with fat happy trout. There is something refreshing about ditching the 10 wt and trading in the bass boat for  a 5 wt and wet wading gear. Get back to the basics I guess you could say. The last couple years I have grown fond of this transitional time and the change up that it brings except that fact that it makes things around my house a absolute cluster f*@k. Since everything musky is drastically different from everything trout I end up switching all my rods, reels, tippet, flies, what materials I’m tying with, packs and what I wear a couple times a week. Luckily they only over lap for a few weeks or so each year because it’s hard to make a decision on stones flies or bait fish (bait fish usually win though). Plus lets be honest this is a good problem to have so I’ll stop my bitching! There is something rather refreshing about getting several fish out of a run or a good section and not grinding it out hour after hour pounding shoreline often time with little or no action. So folks I guess what I’m saying is that the inner trout weenie in me is strongly emerging again for the hot summer months when the tiger musky go deep. It’s now time to start stocking up my poor and neglected trout boxes and get my 3 and 4 weights lined up again because the lazy days of summer have just rolled in… But no worries streamer junkies because there will always be a 6 or 7 weight Sage VT2 rigged up with some meat riding shot gun at all times. Here are a few pictures from last weekend fishing with a few friends on a nice small Utah stream and  streamers action on a swollen tailwater.

Angler Corey Kruitbosch

Angler: Corey Kruitbosch

Angler Corey Kruitbosch

The Scenery

Angler: Collin Carlson

Angler: Collin Carlson

Angler: Collin Carlson

My favorite Stone Fly Dropper

Chubby Muffin Cicada

Mid winter I tied this streamer up in particular for this time of year when the rivers run high. The goal was to create a heavy streamer that would sink quickly and provide lots of movement. The articulation and rubber legs provide movement while oversized eyes and rabbit help it penetrate the water and sink quickly.  Over the years I’ve struggled to keep sinking lines in the zone and deliver the streamer properly in high turbulent water of run-off while fishing on foot, especially on smaller rivers. The problem with a sinking line is that it gets caught in the current ripping your streamer out of the effective area your trying to fish while really only giving you one choice of ripping it through too fast. I’ve now gone to a heavily weighted fly on floating line and with long leader with a thin diameter (2-3x) so it cuts through the water quickly. This gives me way more control and allows me to fish at any speed and stay in the strike zone as long as possible. The result has been better streamer fishing in high water, period!

Articulated Mega Get Down

It was good enough for a blind sucker!

One Response to “Transitions”

  1. mike doughty says:

    real nice nick. are those rainbows from the creek you and i went to this time last year?

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