Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pocket Water

My "home" flow is a Diamond among the Huron Gems.  She rises big and drops very fast as do many of the flows in heavily tiled watersheds.  Timing is of the essence and the predictability of river conditions is almost a certain science. 
Higher water inherently scatters fish.  They are on the move and will transition in slots, troughs, and high gradient tail outs... what I call pocket water.  This water typically is too shallow or void of cover to hold fish under normal conditions but with some flow and stain to the water it becomes very fishy.  These are exciting conditions to fish as ones options are exponentially increased.
Today I got to fish the home waters on the drop.  She could have been a lot bigger for my liking but she was still big and coloured enough for fish to be spread throughout.  The Pocket water was fishing, and fishing fine at that.  Today was one of those days where if the water looked at all fishy there was a good chance that success could be had.

I fished some old water today.  I had not been back there  in a few years.  It was the right choice as I quite possibly had one of my best days in recent memory.  

 The warm temps rejuvenated the fish.  There were some new players and some very big players today.   One common theme was their energy. 

The last fish I landed today was nothing shy of 10lbs.   Immediately upon setting the hook he had me running for what seemed like an eternity over slippery boulders, through shoulder tall grass, and around a bend where I luckily gained the upper hand.  Early November steelheading in late December.  The mild temps do however come with a price. The unseasonably warm weather brings out the crowds.
This is twice this season I have had to share what is typically an abandoned river basin with fair weather fisherman.  They have as much right as I to be there and good for them I guess.  For the most part I experienced nothing but mutual respect on the river today... and all of this season for that matter.  With the exception of today's cigarette butts, beer cans, trash and a Skein Harvest carcass things have been civil.
As much as I have enjoyed this mild weather I still long for the true winter fishery...the classic ominous overcast skies and the totally deserted countryside.  Laying the first set of tracks in on fresh powder only to follow the same single partially covered set back out. I have said it so many times... fishing is more for me about the experience and solitude than it is about the catching.
With any luck tomorrows predicted precipitation will see my little river spill over her banks and back into the grass in time for another day or two of poking around the pocket water.


Trotsky said...

nICE BUDDY...happy for you..even if youa re a POS...

Dig this

Steeliemax said...

I see from 1st fish picture that you are becomeing very anal with those beads

lambton said...

The beads are all business photo commitments.
I switched over to Roe after blowing 4 fish in a row with the bead. They pick them up but the hook don't want to seem to stick. I guess need to step up my hook size and go to a wider gap like a specialist...I dunno but I don't like stinging hot fish without any reward. Especially 4 in a row :0. Roe fished as good or better yesterday. To each his own I guess but they certainly work. Gonna really put them to the test on the stingy water over at the cabin. That will be the deciding factor for me and I really don't like blowing fish over there. ;0)

Gil said...

Great stuff Brian! Its been a very good season indeed. Lots of quality fish.

All the best to you and the family!!!

Dan said...

The claybanks in the background make me want to leave work right now.Glad you had a good day.

JB said...

Beautiful chrome! Even if BEADS were involved.

lambton said...

Yeah JB, The bead thing is kinda hard to get my head around. They pick those f@ckers up like downtown but you are essentially ripping the bead from they yap and the hook across the face in hopes it snags some meat on the drive-by.
Lots of lost fish from my limited experience but hey...I might not be doing it right. I need to experiment with a larger wide gap hook. Might have to beef up to some 20lb pink bass cable as well. ;0) Whooo haaa haaaaa

FISH TALES said...

The float must travel down stream of the bead, the bead should drag the bottom with about 1- 1.5 ft of drag behind the last weight, the steel needs to turn after picking up the bead and set the hook on its own without your assistance.. if you are snout hookinh steel with the bead you have too little drag, a fish should have it in the lower jaw or the corner of the mouth... just sayin- sounds like a sweet day-

FISH TALES said...

also, use peg-its, toothpicks do not allow the bead to slide freely enough and the fish feels this and bails, the rod must load from the fish pulling, not you pulling, and let the fish have the bead like a plug hit.. don't set.. wait for it.. then hit with a hook set. Use red gami's... the fish will hit a red hook directly half the time-