"One of us had a piece of chalk and as a first-grader went walking by, the one of us absentmindedly wrote 'Trout Fishing in America' on the back of the first-grader." ... "We watched the first-grader walk away with 'Trout Fishing in America' written on his back.It looked good and seemed quite natural and pleasing to the eye that a first-grader should have 'Trout Fishing in America' written in chalk on his back."
Trout Fishing in America, 1967 Richard Brautigan
|Portrait of a trout No.1|
When we pulled up I talked to a fisherman eating lunch by his truck wearing Colorado plates. I asked him what they were taking - he said that the fishing was tough - so I asked him what they weren't taking. He replied, "Bacon and eggs." A rig consisting of a San Juan worm dropper with an egg on the point. This is the standard recommendation from the flyshops to the tourists. It does catch some fish, but this is the standard recommendation largely because so many people just don't believe the small flies will work or they think they won't be able to tie them on. Carry a cheap pair of reading glasses if you must. To me, an inveterate tailwater fisherman, a size 18 is looks huge a size 20 seems standard. Size 24's are small.
|Portrait of a trout No.2|
I watched many of the fishermen (and women) on the river expending huge effort false casting. You can spot the experienced fishermen because they keep their flies in the water more than they do in the air. Often, false casting is just unnecessary. It takes practice to develop a well timed crisp casting stroke, but it is far more effective than the long arm full body casts so many resort to when trying to get a few feet farther out.
Another mistake I saw throughout much of the day was that folks tend to wade right out into the best water. Of course this is partially related to poor casting skills - you spot a fish and can't quite get your fly out to it - so you wade a little deeper. But often, in response, the fish will just move a bit deeper into the run. So you wade a bit deeper still. Very quickly, you're standing waist deep in the middle of the run.
|Brad Watson with a beautifully spotted fish that took the red midge larva.|
|Jeff with a fish that took on the twitch.|