October 8, 2018

Cutthroat Bookends

The other evening I had a few minutes, so I drove up the canyon and fished a section of stream that I hadn't explored before. In this reach the water is a little slower than elsewhere on the lower sections of this stream. That means more stealth in wading. You can't fish from the bank, unless you are a monkey and can fish while hanging from trees.



Right off the bat I caught a 10 inch cutthroat. But the fish from then on, except for the last one were browns.





The fish were liking a jun-style Grave Digger kebari this evening, although I did take the first two fish on a futsu-style grey wool kebari. I only changed flies because the grey wool kebari began to unravel. I normally don't use head cement on my flies, rather, I opt for two whip finish knots. Though in this case, the thread head was no match for the predator teeth.







The last fish was a 14 inch cutthroat. It was a beauty that came out from under a root mass, which in turn had made an eddy in the stream. I placed the Grave Digger right next to the roots and the big cutthroat snuck its nose out to inhale it. It was a beautiful fish.







I fished for 50 minutes, then drove back home for supper. The air was 56 degrees while the water was 50 degrees. It was just what I needed to end the day.






5 comments:

  1. Tom awesome fish for such a small stream.

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  2. Hi Tom - Not sure how to contact you directly so here goes and hope you don't mind. I value your experience and opinion. What is your opinion on the SHIMOTSUKE Kiyotaki in 450cm for Euro nymph and streamer fishing? I have a short one based on your writings for small brookie streams, was wondering what you thought of the longer model.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Michael. I've never used the 450 cm version of that rod. I have had a 360 cm Kiyotaki and it broke on a hook set. It's interesting that the same rod in different lengths acts totally different! The Kiyotaki is nice in that it is inexpensive, but it is not a quality rod. I would choose the Daiwa Keiryu-X over the Kiyotaki for Euro nymphing/streamers. Just my thoughts. https://www.tenkarabum.com/daiwa-keiryu-x.html

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  3. Thanks Tom i'll look into the Daiwa.

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