Last night after John Lackey stunk up the joint in Toronto I was reading blogs the I follow.
I read on Northern California Trout that Mark had a blast fishing after he had a relatively rough week. He talked about the hits he was getting and what flies he was using. He ended up having a nice day on the water and caught a lot of fish. I took notice of what Mark wrote and for some reason felt optimistic about the following morning's trip to the river.
I happen to be near LL Bean's store close to my house on an errand run and decided to stop in (the optimism I guess). I remembered some of the flies Mark mentioned on his blog and grabbed a few of them as well as some others. I bought some new leaders and a net (really optimistic).
I headed to the river and put my new leader on, tied my fly to the tippet and checked the knot. There was a sense that today was going to be different. As I walked along the river, I watched to see if any trout would come to the surface and engulf an insect. I didn't see any rises so I made my decision: I was going with the Gold Bead Prince Nymph.
The river is lower and slower since I first went here to fish. I was able to see more structure and move a little more along the banks. I cast to a place that I have read should hold fish. The first several casts I didn't have any luck; however, a couple of casts more I had a hit but the fish got off. Again, I cast to the same area and several more hits but no fish. I started to try and figure out what I was doing wrong. I will spare you the details but I was doing a few things wrong and made the corrections.
I had another fish on the line and was bringing it ashore but it jumped and off it went. I remembered Mark's post and only became more determined to land this fish. A few casts later I had another hit and I set the hook, raised my rod and kept pressure on the line as I stripped the line. In all honestly this was not a scene from a "River Runs Through It" but more like another video for America's Funniest Videos; however, when it was over I had landed my first rainbow on a fly.
In case you are wondering, the fly is going into retirement and being enshrined into the future trophy room in my house.
I seriously want to thank everybody who has taken me under their wing and encouraged me and offered their help along the way. I can now start to really enjoy this sport that most of you have been engaged in for sometime. I still have a lot to learn no doubt but the journey will continue. I love fly-fishing.
I also want to thank those folks that stop by on a regular basis and read the blog. I saw the stats last night and it is amazing that so many people would find what I am writing about interesting. I truly appreciate the views and please don't be bashful.
Tight lines everybody I am off to do yard work before my wife comes home.