Ok, so I was reading an article the other day that came up on my feed on facebook and for the life of me I cannot find it to reference it but these guys had a great point. Nymphing is obviously the most effective was to fish in the winter, maybe all year, but if its slow why not throw on a streamer and let that be slow. Maybe you’ll fool the “One”. So a couple weeks ago, I was fishing this spot on the Henry’s fork and I was nymphing, a la Chubbs, the nymphinest. It was slow, and nothing was too spectacular. I was seriously about to leave, and then I lost my whole setup on a snag. Normally that is a reel up and walk off moment for this guy, but that article came to mind, so I threw on a big nasty. Skyler, from Anglers Anonymous, tied this big ol’ white and olive articulated monster with marabou for days. I bet it took him 30 minutes to tie, and he is good. Anyway, I threw it out there with no weight and let it start swinging… small strip…. swing… big strip… and swing through this riffle I had my eye on. SMACK. It must’ve been a GatorBow because it hit that streamer and immediately went into a death roll. Very Crocodile Dundee-esque. He was gone, but I was satisfied.
So I decided last night that I would go back and only throw streamers. I have been battling the flu, so the weakness has not left my aging body yet, but it was like 46 degrees and sunny. HELLO. I rigged up and decided to go smaller on my streamer selection. I chose a killer combo that not many people know about. (sarcasm implied). We refer to it as…. Bling and Black. I throw a Coffeys Sparkle Minnow on and then 18″ below that a black lead eyed Woolly Bugger (tied by Skyler @ Anglers Anonymous).
I was only four casts in and then first brown on. He wasn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, but he was strong and had a cute little baby kype going. I can’t wait to catch him next year.
So from there, I start meticulously working water. This is fairly new water to me but I know there is fish here, so I start my swing 15 feet out and swing. 20 feet out, 25 feet out then just keep launching. From there I took a few steps down and started over. This next section at the tail end of my swing I was concentrating on moving downstream and felt the tug. My line was straight down river from me, and I set the hook to a splash and gone scene. I learned a little something on that.. they are following it to the tail end and not eating until it stops moving really. Now its on….
I love the fish swimming away pics. I caught chrome, colored up, fat, skinny, browns, hybrids, rainbows. It was stellar. Did I mention 46 degrees?