1-1-04 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Waters Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 1-1-04
Air Temp: 40's
Water Temp: about 35F
Water Level: Low
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Tucker Nymph, Pink Squirrel, Black Heron
Pattern Color: per respective patterns
Fishing Quality: Fun when you're with friends....
Well, I cannot think of a better way to start of
the new year than to get some of my favorite fishin' buddies out
for some time on the water! I arrived at a respectable "late
morning" 10:30 AM to find FAT and Jim (MS2) already had gone
through all my favorite water around Quarry Park...and found NOTHING.
Meanwhile, I had been on the phone with Greg who was downstream
in Colonial with his brother.
After saying our "Good Mornings" and
"Happy New Years" we decided to head downstream to find
Greg! Starting in lower Colonial, Jim and FAT plowed upstream and
I batted cleanup. It was basically an exercise in hole fishing,
as whatever had been there (making REDDS) wasn't in the shallow
water...but maybe in the deep?
Upon finding Greg and "Bubba" we learned
that there were indeed a few fish running around; they had taken
some brown smolts on spawn but were really trying to get the attention
of a pair of browns. Even drifting spawn, they had no luck most
of the morning.
We all continued to work the holes in Colonial;
Greg and Bubba even gave us a chance to try those browns on the
fly, but nothing turned them. It was time for a trip to Denny's
for a warmup! Greg and Bubba had headed into Lincoln Park; I went
to find them. So I get there, to the spot where Greg's brother had
hooked up early in the day, and find them both drifting the first
pool I ever fished on the Root. While I watched, the sight of a
huge brown porpoising caught all our attentions! Needless to say,
Greg and his brother stayed to hunt this fish as long as they could
bear. I still needed that warmup!
The afternoon, around 2:00 pm, was left to Jim
and I. Time for Island Park...but as we drove there I got the gut
feeling I should go to Lincoln Park instead. Turns out that it wasn't
the fish "callin' my name", but rather that Alex J. had
finally arrived and was working the area as well!
So Jim, Alex and I all worked the pools of Lincoln
Park for the remainder of the day....deep water is still murky so
we're back to fishin' blind. Despite not a single hookup for any
of us, it was still arguably the best way to spend New Year's Day
(OK, well technically, see my earlier report for Paradise Springs;
had there been fish we would have all been there instead!).