|Yep—thats my “fish” face|
This was the first stonefly that I had seen. Brian handed it off to me to inspect–they are the most amazing bugs. I have to admit, I am NOT a bug person..but since I have started fly fishing..I have developed a much greater interest in entomology as it relates to the fish world! Now I understand why trout love them so much! If they get one, they wouldn’t have to eat for a week! They are huge!
While we were at this hole, I noticed some bug activity in the air around me—before long, there were blue winged olives flitting about all over—I had never witnessed a “hatch” before either—and here it was! It almost looked like it was snowing there were so many! Guess I should have taken the time the day before to tie up some BWOs—we had a few that were close matches, but nothing exact–and the fish sure weren’t liking what we were throwing at them. After awhile, we decided to break for a late lunch and head back to the truck.
After lunch, we headed back to the island at the southern end of the campground with intentions of wading further down. I stopped to fish a side seam created by the runoff, while Brian headed further down. Soon thereafter, Brian was headed back my way with a much less than thrilled look on his face. Of course I asked how it was over where he was at….not noticing that his 9′ rod was oh, about 7.5′ at present. I guess this is something that just happens. Eventually, you will break a rod…sooner or later. The rod had broke about 1.5′ down from the tip—on an up note, it was just the 4th “piece”—and St Croix has replacements for that part—so it can be salvaged. The lesson for today though, was always bring a backup rod…. so we shall work on that one for next time!
That morning, I had joking said “Wouldn’t it be funny if I caught fish and you (Brian) got skunked!”…okay…I was JOKING—- apparently the fishing Gods took me seriously though…Brian has a beef with the Joe ever since he got that elk a couple years ago that was gracious enough to land in a perfectly easily accessible area. We knew he’d pay for that for years to come…but we really didn’t think it’d carry over into fishing up there!! Not sure how we are going to appease those that rule the St Joe valley—but we must find a way! We can’t afford to go up there again at this rate! LOL.
All in all, we had an awesome day—even considering it was cold, wet and frustrating re:equipment failures. At least we got out of the Valley…and got to try out Spring fishing….oh and I caught an AWESOME fish 😀 Can’t wait to get back out!
Oh—and we saw ELK!!! They were all lounging around like a bunch of lazy cows!! in the cow pasture! The first pic is in the St Joe valley—the second one is closer to Bovill! We never see elk! There were a zillion whitetail and mule deer, and a whole bunch of elk—didn’t see a moose though—which is odd-usually we do on our trips up there!