Posted by HOOKER on June 17, 1997 at 13:38:49:
In Reply to: Re: Buford Dam posted by GLAMACH on June 16, 1997 at 07:05:47:
: : Hooker
: I was out on the river at Bowman's island ( Is that right at the hatchery?) and got skunked, of course that's not very hard to do since I am new to the sport
: The water was crystal clear and the trout were no where to be seen.
: There were several other anglers out there also and they only had little success but it looked to me as though they may have been stockers also.
All I can say is fish where others don't, and
cover more river. All the agressive fish around Bowman's Island were
probably caught by 9:00am, and the others got lockjaw as a result of
all the predators wading around. Stockers may be naive, but they are
genetically predispositioned to be wary, and self preservation always
dispalces hunger as a response.
Also, if you want to go fishing for the experience, use a flyrod.
If you want to experience catching fish, use a spinning rod. A #7 RT
Floater bumping and flashing along the bottom of the river is much more
tantilizing to a trout, than trying to figure out if a caddis fly is
a piece of trash or a protein snack. Stockers are still learning what to
I usually use a spinning rod to prospect for trout, and when I find
them, I'll switch to a flyrod. A spinning rod is just more efficient and
the baits are much more attractive.
I caught 5 stockers on the east side of Bowman's Island working the
stairstep pools from the bottom up. I picked up three more out of a deep
run 200 yards above the hatchery. I caught two more under the hatchery
discharge pipe. I pulled another four out of the log piles on the east
side of the river 200 yards below the hatchery. The final five
I caught out of a mudline created by a creek entering the h
"Hooch" on the west side. The muddy water was warmer than the clear water and it
formed a canopy for the trout to hide under.
Of the 19 trout I caught, 13 were caught on a spinning rod.
If you want to see fish and be totally amazed at what you can't see
standing in the water, climb a tall bank, rock or tree and observe the
river for at least a half an hour. There was a group of 5 anglers fishing
that first big pool below the ramp that had a pod of 30+ trout behind them
in the shallow water. Of course, I doubt that the trout would have struck,
but they were there, totally unseen.
My basic strategy for fishing the "Hooch" is to operate in areas
were most people don't, and to cover a lot of water. This summer I'm
concentrating on several areas below Morgan Falls for a magnum trout.
I'm always looking for partners, especially during the week. If you
would like to go with me sometime, send me your phone number.
Hope this helps you catch more fish.
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