7-07-04 - I know, I swore I'd never do this again!
Waters Fished: Trail Creek
Fish Caught: 0/2 personally, 1 for Dave
Outing Date: 7-07-04
Air Temp: upper 70's
Water Temp: 62F
Water Level: normal
Water Color: usual green, visibility 1.5'
Fish Species: Steelhead (Skamania Strain)
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunny
Pattern Color: Chartreuse and Orange, White and Red
Fishing Quality: INTERESTING....
"Got out with Dave and Creek Chub." That's
how I started this report just to remind me what I did on what day
LOL...I've been fishin' every day since the 2nd...haven't written
a report yet at that point...things were starting to blur!
"Got out with Dave and Creek Chub" TOTALLY
doesn't do this outing justice. For starters I broke a personal
promise to myself, Bart, Dave, and all of you. That promise? I was
NEVER going to buy another Indiana License.
Dave, Bart and other folks KNOW about this vow,
this New Year's resolution made ex post facto Since I uttered that
now infamous phrase, they've been after me to fish Indiana. Bart
sent me pictures from the 15 fish day he had off the Michigan City
Pier. I post Dave's reports on his site, I get the absolute firsthand
info, and man he knows how to rub it in. All spring, since May when
the Skams started running, it's been Indiana Steelhead this, Indiana
Steelhead that, from ALL SIDES!
Well finally, Dave gave me an offer that was TOO
GOOD TO PASS UP. For starters, he can't have me slammin' and bad-mouthin'
Indiana here...that's bad for business. I disclaim now, there's
PLENTY of good fishin' in Indiana from what I've seen my buddies
do; I am just CURSED.
So what got me to head down there YET AGAIN? SKAMANIA
STEELHEAD ON THE DRY FLY. Yes, you heard right. For those who need
shorter sentences, "STEELHEAD ON DRY FLIES".
I had virtually nothing to do at the office that
day, so I cut out early (thanks) and headed down to Creekside
Outfitters to meet up with Dave and Creek Chub. On the ride
out to our first spot, I asked Dave about steelies on the dry. I
mean obviously they don't happen all the time. I hope he doesn't
mind me posting the tips here....
In a nutshell, use an orange strike indicator.
Carry dayglow orange Waller Walkers. IF, and it's a BIG if, you
find a restless steelie that strikes your indicator, this is the
time to switch to the Waker and hold on. That's it, nothing more
to it, just find the fish that's willing to hit the surface. Doesn't
happen every outing (it didn't on this one).
So we got in on Trail Creek (guess who's now a
member of NWIS,
aka. Northwest Indiana Steelheaders). I can see certain folk rolling
over in their as-of-yet undug graves! The dues ($15 annually) go
to things like maintaining the private accesses on the stream and
stream improvements. Dave showed me some of those stream improvements.
My $15 was a donation well spent in my eyes (BTW, Dave, if you forgot,
the $14 in your glovebox!)
Bugs weren't that bad...we were liberally coated
with repellent. The fish numbers were thin downstream, I personally
saw a couple spook out of the riffles and into a log jam. Figures.
While fishin' in front of the jam I got a hit from a fair sized
silver fish....by "fair" sized I mean it'd be a small
Iowa Trout...maybe 10". At least I had good company; Creek
Chub and I spent a lot of time talkin' about Trout Fishin...I guess
when you don't have it locally you yearn for it. During this talking
and wandering I did watch a smolt, maybe 6", come up and try
to hit my Flying Bunny. Humorous. We kinda just wandered around
but in the end decided upstream was worth a shot.
Upstream was the ticket. I personally tied into
two fish in the same bend. Overall Dave was Mr. "On the Go"...one
of the tips he's suggested is that when fly fishing, you're going
to hit the willing biters right away....no point in sitting on the
same hole. Cover it well and fast...then move on.
So after sunset I'm back on the hole going for
that aforementioned second hit when upstream I see Dave shouting,
jumping up and down like a madman. I pack up and head over to find
that he's landed a steelie...didn't have his camera with and wanted
me to shoot it.
Now I'll tell you the downside to the Skamania...they
die quick. Dave's went ballistic when hooked, jumped 6 times and
pretty much came to shore dead. The water upstream on Trail was
a balmy 62F. So if you go targeting Skams plan on bringin' them
home. The upside...these are NOT wild fish...the Indiana Steelhead
fishery is considered Put & Take, or to be more concise as someone
on TSS pointed out, Put, Grow & Take.'
Oh, and yes, still cursed, but on my way to breaking
it someday. 2 steelies on is my best in Indiana to date, which isn't
too bad for only a few hours on a random day.
Stop in sometime over at Creekside
or give them a call and ask Dave about the Creekside Conservation
Club. You WILL want to hear what he has to say....my ears are perked