No, not that campaign… The Fall Field Campaign!
It’s officially been 350 days since Katie and I were last fishing for migratory Rainbow and Brown Trout in our “secret spot” in Yellowstone. It’s really hard to have that kind of air bubble in the calendar but man, was yesterday worth the wait. The weather was setting up to be bad, really bad (high winds, snow and rain) but mother nature gave us a 12 hour window that was nearly perfect – well, perfect for fishing that is. We started out with overcast skies, a low ceiling of fog, spitting rain, 35 degrees, and absolutely no wind. That might not sound like a sunny day on the beach but it is actually ideal for catching really big trout. By the time we left, the temperature had gradually risen to 47 and the dark weather conditions held steady from 9:30 AM till 5:30 PM.
We put over 20 fish into the net but probably hooked 60. We fooled them with every fly pattern in our box (Streamers, CDC Betas Emergers, Egg patterns, soft hackle wet flies etc.). The water level is higher than we’ve seen in many years but that’s because of the increased rainfall as of late. This is really good news for the migratory fish and they are very big, healthy and strong. The first 4 fish that I hooked were 20” and I managed to land three (a hook to land percentage that would gradually plummet during the course of the day). In the back of my mind, I could hear Dan Larson’s voice screaming for most of the day as I lost several great fish… “AAAAUUGGGGGAAUU!” Continue reading