The Dream Stream is starting to have some lake-fish trickle in...
This 5 lb buck took a size 22 red mojo midge
With the influx of both lake-fish and the "Hofer" rainbow stock a good amount of trout occupy the deeper pools and slots below the bridge. To tell the difference between the lake pre-spawn fish and the "Hofer" stockers look for a color differenc: the lake-fish are more brightly colored, and the Hofers are bright silver. Neither of the sets of fish are very picky right now, but the lake-fish definitely get spooked quickly.
The bright colors make these fish easier to spot
Frying Pan River (102 cfs)
The frying Pan river was very crowded, but thank god everyone likes to bobber fish the toilet bowl, leaving the faster deeper slots less-pressured. The flows were bumped recently and I expected a high level of mysis shrimp to be adrift, and that mysis fishing would be the key...it was not the key.
Instead the only producing fly of the day was a size 26 Top Secret midge
Brightly colored 5lb rainbow was sitting in a deep slot on the edge of the current
The trick to hooking these fish was all presentation, a bad cast was punished with the larger fish disappearing across the deeper fast current
Top secret midge secure in the lower jaw of this 'bow
The rewards of sight fishing
I'm not positive, but I think the fish above has eluded me on two previous trips to the pan. He sits on the edge of the fast water in the deep riffle right below the toilet bowl before it opens into the flats. I was lucky enough to hook him the previous trip but he broke my entire rig off in his first head-shake. I had spooked him a couple times this morning, and while wading around in the fast current waste deep (trying to get a feel for feeding lanes), I spooked him again, and saw him move 3 feet down and 4 feet to my left. I could pick out only a little brighter hue to the water he was in. So I stayed motionless in the current for five minutes and then prepared to cast less than a rod length away. The only real option was to high-stick over him and hope he takes it well enough, because an indicator wasn't an option for this spooky fish. After about 4 casts, he took the size 26 fly and broke into a fit of head-shakes. After a hard fought battle, where near the end he tried to take me up into the toilet bowl, he was to the net!
7lb (very fat) 'bow on #26 Top Secret