The first spot I came to on the Rush River shortly after 5am already had a car parked at it so I found another spot where the coast was clear and I wasted no time getting suited up for fishing.
You have to start somewhere. I consider the act of attaching the first fly of the day to the end of my tippet to be somewhat of a ritualistic experience. Some people start with the same fly every time but I usually start with a fly that I have recently tied or purchased from one of my favorite fly shops. Earlier in the week while visiting graygoatflyfishing.com I had noticed an advertisement for a sale of fly fishing goods that was going on in Eden Prairie on Thursday and Friday. I was lucky enough to have a job scheduled in Hopkins Thursday morning so after I finished the job I visited the sale. I probably would have found a way to get there even if I hadn't had a job scheduled nearby but who knows. Since I was one of the first ones there I had a wonderful selection of flies to look through. I ended up finding 34 flies that I needed and one of them was a Olive Bead Headed Wooly Bugger with rubber legs. I have had success with buggers similar to this one so I knew I could fish it with confidence. That was the ceremonial first fly.
Three casts in I had my first taste of success. A wily 11 inch Brown Trout jumped out of the water several times while I retrieved him to my net. I seem to have a knack for catching trout with wounds. This trout's mouth was in the process of healing from an injury. I named him Woundy, suggested some Neosporin then released him back into the water.
Sometimes when I am fishing I think to myself, "What a nice place". Shortly afterwards I take a photo to share with my fans.
I caught 11 fish between 5am and 8:30am. 6 of them were over 13 inches. I call that the, "Early Bird Special".
Shortly after 9am I met up with Taylor "Trippy Trouter" Spraungel and his buddy Kincaid Edwards. It was the first time I had met both of them in person but I became acquainted with Taylor through the website driftlesstroutanglers.com.
A self taught fly fisherman at 17 years old Taylor "Trippy Trouter" Spraungel is poised to take the world of fly fishing by storm. I'm just glad I knew him before he was famous. I was surprised when his casting skills seemed to exceed my own. This guy is the next Jeff Currier.
I led them to one of my favorite spots on the Rush where we fished for a few hours. The action was much slower at that point than it had been earlier but I was glad that both Taylor and Kincaid caught fish.
See the grasshopper on the rod.
This reminded me of hunting season. Their white tail reminds me of a middle finger.
Afterwards I checked out a new spot on the Trimbelle. Eventually I want to be able to say that I've walked the entirety of all the trout waters in Pierce County. I have a lot left to check out.
I thought this was kind of a cool looking flower. I want to know what it is but am too lazy to google it.
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