3-09-05 - High Water = Dangerous Wading
Waters Fished: Root River, Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 3-09-05
Air Temp: mid 30's
Water Temp: Root 32-33F, Oak 34F
Water Level: Root is raging, 600 cfs. Oak normal, 30-40 cfs.
Water Color: Root Muddy, Oak visibility 1-2 feet.
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Large Streamers
Pattern Color: Chartreuse & White Clouser paired with a black
Fishing Quality: DANGEROUS.
I met up with FAT this afternoon to try some high
water tactics that some of our buddies are QUITE successful with.
When most other anglers are leaving the rivers to do other things,
these guys have proven themselves masters of the high water.
Well, Rich had already been out for an hour before
I arrived and had *maybe* hooked up with a fish. I surveyed the
scene at Horlick...tons of water coming over the dam, so much in
fact that the Ducks had decided it was safer to stay OUT of the
water today. We should've listened.
Rich and I headed down to Quarry Park and started
working our way upstream against the current. We had to stay tight
to the shoreline...the currents out in the middle would have swept
us away. Even though we stayed out of the main flow, I almost got
picked up once.
After giving it a long go, FAT and I both decided
this was somewhat insane. Upon finally returning to my car, my waders
and coat were caked in a quarter inch thick SHEET OF ICE. My driver's
seat is now soaked ;)
We headed back to Oak Creek, where some folks have
been hitting a fish or two here or there. Despite this slightly
better situation, Rich and I managed to go 0/0 again!