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Shipments to overseas buyers will take longer than normal - possibly much longer. Patience is a virtue - especially in fishing.
by Kris Franqui
One of the highlights for me each summer is a trip to the best golden trout fishery in the state. It’s a brutal hike, but it calls me back every time. After catching the fish of a lifetime 2 years ago, I went back last year to catch a nice golden on my bamboo rod. This year, I need to see if I can catch a big one on a fixed line rod.
Today I hiked into an “easy” golden trout lake to catch some small fish with a couple of rods that I hadn’t used yet: Kurenai HM45R and Fine Power NP66. The steady slog up the 6.5 miles and 3200’ elevation gain was a good workout, as usual. I was able to get a couple hours of fishing in, although the wind was not kind and I wanted to get back to the car before the storm rolled in.
During the hike out, I soaked in the sights and sounds of the wilderness, thinking about what I had learned. I missed quite a few fish, particularly with the longer Fine Power. No fault of the rod, but I was unfamiliar with it. The wind created havoc on the 22’ rod, the indicator, and the line. I was also slow on the set as I was getting used to the inertia. I should have circled around to the other side of the lake to put the wind in a more favorable direction. I could have put on my floating line, but I thought I had forgot it. It wasn’t until I put the level line away that I saw the floater in my leader wallet.
All said, it was a successful trip. I got a solid workout. I caught some pretty little fish on each of the rods, and now I’m beginning to formulate a plan for the real trip. I will need to refine my gear choices and tactics, as well as get some practice with the Flying Dragon (did I mention the lake has BIG fish).
This turned out to be a nice dress rehearsal, but it only served to whet my appetite.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma