Time for a Change-up
It’s June and that means water conditions have changed from April. New hatches are coming off for those who use flies and new tactics are required for bait fishermen interested in catching trout.
During April, it seemed that spinners and almost anything that flashed in the higher water was a really a good choice. Although it’s still possible to catch trout with spinner bait using lures like a Rooster Tails, other choices may be better. Some trout stocking continues, but trout hold-over’s from March stockings have grown familiar with their home outside the hatchery and are a bit more particular about what they ingest. This means, in general, that scent is more important to trout than flickering metal.
Pink salmon eggs that leave a small ‘oil slick’ on the surface, night crawlers and garden worms are filled with scent and attract fish. The five I eventually caught were all landed on garden worms. Of course I rolled a few and one managed to land on a high bank. Unable to use a net, it tumbled back in! Frustrating for sure but patience prevailed and I left with my limit. Four rainbows around 11 inches and one brown about 10.
This is a great time of year to get into the woods and experience nature. It’s not uncommon to see fawns, small ducklings and other animals that form a new generation of wildlife. And the early summer aromas are special. Take time to smell thoughtfully.
As noted in an earlier post, preventing yourself from being infected by deer ticks is extremely important. Personally, I’m a bit paranoid about Lyme disease considering a few friends contracted it with debilitating effects. Deer ticks are very small but young deer ticks are even smaller. It’s always a good idea to spray cloths with Permethrin before you go stream-side then take a hot, soapy shower upon returning. Also good to know that ticks can remain on your cloths after you take them off. Be aware…
Can you see the Blue Heron?
Barn with ivy