One week I'm minding my own business...
So as they say in the fishing reports that you look at...
"Please avoid the redds and spawning beds". There is a good reason. It is best for the future of our rivers in the long run.
But, in the end, it is up to each individual whether to fish or not to fish during this time. As a friend and I watched this redd activity from behind the brush the other day, it was only an hour or two later that an angler came along and fished straight into the riffled waters of spawning brown trout. Maybe not educated on the process of reproduction of that species or maybe diliberate. Don't know. We just bit our tongues and walked away. Here is a short video on what to look for during a spawn.
We walked aways down from gravel staging areas and found a few deeper spots of non-spawners. (Juveniles for the most part) We fished nymphs and smaller bugs and they were responsive in the slower water. So, the day ended up being rather productive for us, even though the graveled areas were otherwise occupied by dancing browns!
Showing respect to those brown trout spawners, I put in a little bit of time at a lake full of beautiful Colorado Cutthroat. (In Utah) There is always more water to search out. Think outside the box and you just might find that little piece of heaven that you didn't know existed! And then you will have a new "secret" place to fish later...
You never know... You just might find the unusual...
THE ELUSIVE CUT-BROWN???
Just a cutthroat with a brown trout soul patch... = )
The day finally came...The River Damsel taught me something new. Hey baby, wanna do the horizontal mamba? Is your face red Em? One of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen was 3' browns on a river not to be named here, in the process of the mambo. Not just a couple, but several. I also hid behind a bush and watched. I couldn't have fished to them if I wanted to.ReplyDelete
Howard ~ Don't you think that I am used to you by now, my dear Cofisher??? Lol. It was quite the show. But, all were left alone to dance, dance, dance!!.Delete
Gotta love those cutty rainbrowns as Hank Patterson always says.ReplyDelete
Kev ~ Is that what you call them? Whatever it was... It was gorgeous!Delete
This is why I like blogging with my fly fishing buddies, so I can learn more about this great sport. I didn't realize the full scope of the spawning process until I read your post and watched the video. Of course here in Alabama the trout don't spawn in the tailrace I fish, but it is not to say that one day it might happen. If we can get the brown trout stocked, then I feel there could be a spawn. Those were some colorful trout you brought to hand. Thanks for sharing an informative post.
Bill ~ You are so very kind. There is definitely a lot to learn about the life cycle of trout. I love studying and researching these awesome creatures.Delete
Good message, RD! We all can fish many other days of the year. We don't need to chase them off the spawning beds during the time they are doing their thing. Like you said, it is very interesting to take it all in. God bless big Brown Trout!Delete
Thanks, Mel ~ I do love my Brown Trout!!! <"(((((><<Delete
Oh my such big trout. In my dreams.....:)ReplyDelete