Finding myself with unexpected time off, what else would I do? There was no family get togethers as for the most part everyone was almost relieved and ready to rest. There were no serious missions, just throwing some lines on some generally very good trout water.
Started July 17th on the Breeches and caught four with this 20"er on a cricket. He was pretty tired so I just got him back to the water instead of going for a better picture. That has ALWAYS been the biggest draw about the Breeches for me. The ability of time to time being able to bring a really large trout to the surface. Nothing seems to get my blood pumping faster.
Saturday the 18th was Elk creek for the very first time. Anything larger than my spun deer hair beetles sent them running when they hit the water. I also had to land the beetle 4-6 ft away from the trout or I got the same results. VERY low and clear. But when I hit my cast right, they came and gobbled it every time. Had quite a few spit me out as almost every one leaped wildly and possessed these awesome colors.
After seeing those wild browns at Elk I thought for sure a grand finally was set up for Fishing creek on sunday the 19th. I caught my only rainbow I ever caught there and that was it. They might be the red-ist fins I've ever seen on a rainbow. Fishing creek is usually very rewarding to me, but being a trout hunter, when it gets overcast and hard to see it seems I am at a disadvantage. Had some on but spooked very many because I couldn't pinpoint them and hunt on the approach. Alot of casts evidently went right on top of them as wakes would take off time and again.
It sure is beautiful up there and a bad day flyfishings always better than my best day drinking and drugging were. But thats another story for another forum.