3-26-05 - Just puttin' in the time, payin' our
Waters Fished: Pike River, Root River
Fish Caught: 0/2
Outing Date: 3-26-05
Air Temp: 50's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: Root 200 CFS, Pike around 40 CFS
Water Color: both somewhat cloudy, visibility 1-2'
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Eggs Patterns and Spawn
Pattern Color: Threw the gamut.
Fishing Quality: Tough
Back on the Pike yet again...this time with Renee!
No excuse for not getting out on a beautiful day that was averaging
in the 50's - we got there somewhere between 1:00 and 2:00 PM! Right
when we showed up, we ran into not 1 Ken, but 2! Both Kens were
out at it again! A fish or two were hooked up with, but nothing
fast and furious. Ken F., aka "The Pike Maven", suggested
we take a nice long hike to a stretch where he had seen some fish
earlier. It's worth a shot. After rigging up and thanking Ken F.,
our remaining party of 3 headed down for the long hike. Ken S. held
back, letting Renee and I head deep into the forest.
After roughly a mile hike, having sighted nothing
but occasionally finding an old, abandoned redd, I spotted movement
in a tailout as we stood on the high bank. We stopped, backtracked,
crossed downstream and got into position. Renee asked me to take
first crack...she wanted the camera. What follows is a pretty good
pictorial, all Copyright © Renee K. 2005, demonstrating the
technique of stalking shallow steelies.
Suffice it to say that after hooking up with and
losing the buck, I was pretty bummed. We waited for a bit, but the
fish didn't drop back down to the redd. So instead, we continued
on upstream, mostly hiking another half mile, not really finding
any signs of fish activity. Upon reaching the upper limit of where
I wanted to go, we turned around and hiked back. Ken S. showed up
on the opposite bank...said he had seen a few fish downstream in
a bend pool but didn't manage to hook up. From what I gathered,
he was calling it a day.
I sent Renee on downstream to stalk the redd...hopefully
there'd be something to fish for. NOPE! We spent much of the remaining
time plying the pool..I hooked up with a steelie briefly, followed
by 2 suckers and a small, indeterminent fish that shook off. Renee's
line took her for a ride all too briefly.
As things started to cool, we called it a day on
the Pike and started the mile hike back to the car.
We had all the time we wanted, and I really, really
didn't want to end my day 0/2, so we hit the Root. Renee broke off
in a tree and wasn't really in the mood to continue so again, she
took over camera duty and snapped one last beautiful shot for the
day. After hours, we went to the wier just to see what was up...there
was a fish or two in the holding tanks but nothing was processed.