Happy Halloween folks. It’s supposed to be the scariest night of the year. Ghouls and goblins and all that stuff. Good time for kids and semi-adults alike.
Good times have also been the theme over the last month of fishing. It has been one of the best falls for fishing and catching large trout that I’ve seen in many a Halloween moons. The streamer bite has been awesome and when that hasn’t been the thing, double nymphs down low and deep and slow have been accounting for many nice fish, both browns and bows.
And speaking of our ol’ buddy Mr. Brown Trout. Watch where you place your feet out there. There are spawning redds all over the Stillwater and Rock Creek. The other day it was absolutely difficult to avoid all the redds as we caught fish after fish on Rock Creek. It’s great to see that much spawning activity and certainly serves as a sign of a very healthy and functioning stream system. So just make sure you keep your feet where they will do no harm to future generations of fun.
But as good as it’s been, the door is beginning to swing closed for the season. The water temperatures are starting to really head into the cold zone. The morning temps in the low river bottoms have been reading in the mid 20’s to low 30’s and unfortunately stay in that range until damn-near noon. The other day on Rock Creek I measured 49 degrees in the water for a high, which really isn’t all that bad. But as the nights grow longer and the days grow less longer, the inevitable will result a significant decrease in water temperatures. Afternoons are the time to be in the right place with the right stuff. Mornings are for coffee, reading the paper, and tending the fire. All of which has merit.
And now for the obvious….. there’s nobody out here but us chickens!!
And I do mean nobody! I had one of our quasi famous local saw-bones out the other day and in addition to catching about 50 fish over the course of the afternoon, the most commonly heard statement was ….”…. and we have it all to ourselves”. Oh well, some ones got to do it.