Last friday after fishing i had left my bauer reel on the roof of my jeep. it fell off at 70mph and after a little dremel work i was able to remove the high metal from the spool and body but could not salvage the foot. i contacted bauer and they charged me $16 and 3 days later i got my foot and that reel is ready to roll again. for the price and how expediently i got the foot, bauers customer service is pretty damn good.
Scott was good enough to join me to check out some water that hasn't been fisheable since run-off earlier this year. it's finally close to normal flows and is in excellent shape. i had really high hopes for today since the water had to uv been virtually un-touched all year. the river fished the same as it has during past winters, iffy. we started nymphing but with the weather warming up nicely, and me not being able to touch a fish i switched to a small streamer. i have never thrown a streamer in there in the almost 7 years i have fished it and on my first cast with the streamer i nailed a fiesty little brown. a few cast later i was stripping my streamer next to a big rock hoping too pull something out of it's dark lies but instead i saw this fish come barreling from the middle of the creek and put the how you doin on my fly. after that scott switch to a streamer as well but wasn't getting much attention. scott flip flopped back and forth between nymphing and streamers and after switching to a white streamer he had some success with both techniques. i moved about 10-12 fish with the streamer but only landed a small few. the weather was about as good as we could've asked for for a january day. on the way out we followed some cougar tracks down the road.
Didn't think i was going to be able to make it out with this rainy weather since it's blown out a lot of stuff around here. got up this morning and the sun was out so this afternoon, with minimal hope, i decided to take a sunday drive and take a look at some water. i found some that hadn't been affected by all the rain and was still low and clear. fished a different section then normal and managed to pull a few small fish using a variety of nymphs.
The morning started off a bit disappointing when me and jake arrived at the river and saw the chocolate coming down. i think under a warmer time of year the clarity would have been fine for throwing streamers, but i feel it hindered us today. we fished up aways thru some fishy water to no avail. it wasn't long before we decided to drive and find some clearer stuff. once we got above the res we found the water to be ideal. we fished it for a couple of hours, each landing only one small fish each. i did move a few others but that was it. on the way home, we had already driven 5 or 6 miles, when i heard something from above, looked out the rear view and saw something bouncing down the interstate. jake thought it must've been a dirt clod from the jeep, but i knew right away it wasn't. i realized at that time i had left my bauer reel on top of the jeep. it's a bit banged up and will have to get a new foot for it, but i suppose it could've looked worse. shit that two reels now. this past summer after fishing the big hole with corey, i had left my loop on his bumper and it bounced checked down the road at 60mph. shit that's about $800 in reels that have been beat up cause i forgot to go thru my mental checklist of everything before driving off. for those that know me might be better off not lending me any reels cause i can't guarantee you'd get them back in the same condition that you loaned them. even though the temps were in the 40's it's still a bit early for consistant streamer fishing.
About 2 years ago i busted my Ticr. i finally sent it in last thursday. it is a rod i built and it was tip section that broke. today i got the rod back with a new tip section. i guess my point of this post is $25 and only a week later it's ready to be re-built. compared to other companies i've sent stuff back to, TFO is by far the best.
To me this is pretty cool to have been asked if i'd be interested in it. i wish i could've come up with some better stuff in the timeline given but i can't take them back now. i think i'm a decent tier at best but this is a first for me so i thought i would share it.
So me, jake and pat had plans to pursue some fish of the swimming kind but last night jake let me know that he got called into work and might not be able to make it. i gave him a rendezvous time, he wasn't there so that meant he wasn't making it. i pressed on to meet pat. we arranged to meet at 7am to car pool. i showed up at 6:50 but by 7:30, no pat. couldn't get a hold of him so i left and fished something closer to home. i fished one section till about 11am when i got a call from jake. he was up and ready to fish. we met at another location and fished till about 4pm. we threw streamers the entire time, we each got one, although mine was quite small and i lost a good fish.
Hit some small water today, in fact it's a small as i've ever fished it. damn winter flows! just did some nymphing and was able to pull a few small fish. i took a short break to turn over some rocks. tons of small, i believe, grannom caddis and a few slamonfly nymphs. the canyon was bitter cold but the spots that the sun was hitting the water were pleasant.