10-05-02 - They're here...
Rivers Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 10-5-02
Air Temp: variable - highs in the 60-70's, lows around 50.
Water Temp: cooler..maybe 55-65?
Water Level: medium
Water Color: muddy, but clearer than previous weeks.
Fish Species: Chinook (aka. King Salmon)
Pattern Fished: various, see below
Pattern Color: mostly florescent orange and chartreuse
Fishing Quality: eh...moderate.
Trying to be brief on this one :) Went out late
'cause I took my buddy and he was draggin a$$. Arrived at the Root
about 3:45 and immediately noticed that this was the biggest madhouse
I've seen yet this year. River was higher than last weekend but
not as high as a couple weeks prior. Took my buddy up to the wier
to show him around..the fish were stacked shoulder to shoulder below
the weir...all within the refuge area. We avoided Lincoln Park altogether...instead
we went down and fished directly below the riffles at Brose Park.
Used an orange glo bug with a chartreuse glowbug dropper. Plenty
of slight snags that I simply did not set and allowed the fish to
pass, but had two fair hooks..one thrown almost immediately as a
huge King jumped 2 feet out of the water...beautiful fish! Then
my buddy had one on (same rig). Continuing, it was the nice gentleman
to my left who hooked up (again, same rig, but larger flies...perhaps
size 2 or 4). Watched it run downstream and get away. Then it was
my turn again...hooked up...ran downstream and simply lost the fish..didn't
snap the line but must not have set the hook well. All of this action
occurred towards 6 pm. The setup was nice...toss the flies into
the far side of the riffles and drift it down into the deep pool
below. NO split-shot...just the weight of the hooks to sink them.
Found myself getting snagged up in the bottom too often when I had
the split shot on. The most important FYI, all the fish hooked up
with that evening took the chartreuse glow bug droppers.