The gloomy weather had brought out some bwos, so I ditched the deep hole and moved upstream to some faster water. I rigged up my 4wt and tied on my new favorite nymph in a pheasant tail motif. I was still getting a lot of moss, but finally I caught a little dink planter. That was a lot of work for so little, but I moved upstream. I finally reached a nice deep run and worked it hard. I missed a decent trout, and then to my surprise hooked this little guy.
It wasn't much, but it was my first smallie of the year. He actually put up a decent fight on that little rod. I caught a decent bow, maybe 14", with some nice color, but he refused to pose for a photo session. I worked the run some more and scored a few more 10-12" bows before moving upstream. I managed another trout here or there, all about the same in size, but they were scrappy little buggers.
I had just a little time now before I needed to head to work, so I decided to head back downstream to a favorite smallmouth spot. The sun was finally out, so I was hoping they would be getting more active now. I tried a lipless crank, jerkbait and grub from the bottom of the run, but nothing much happened. I thought I had a couple of hits on the grub, but it may have been the bottom. I moved upstream to a deeper part of the run and got a nice thump on the grub. I love the sound that braid makes when you set the hook on a fish. He fought very well for his size, and even jumped a time or two. After a short while I lipped a pretty little chunk of bronze.
I had one more good thunk on the end of my line, but I swung and missed. It was time to go, so I hurried off to work.
Total for trip: 7 rainbows, 2 smallmouth
Total for year: 233 fish