Traveling to a trout stream with a hot tip in hand is kind of like running with the wind at your back. Upon arriving at the stream I was a bit surprised because it was a mere trickle and didn't seem to fit what Nick had so eloquently described to me. I know from experience that just because a stream looks like a trickle from the road doesn't mean it can't have a series of pools a ways downstream chock full of hungry trout. I set out with my trusty dog Foxy to fulfill my destiny. After walking about a mile through some pretty rugged terrain the trickle slowly turned into a stream and I started to see some fish darting in all directions. Adrenaline raced through my veins when I finally had one take the black Wooly Bugger that I had been slowly retrieving. My first attempt at getting a photo of the fish was thwarted by Foxy as she wanted to see what trout tasted like.
It looked like my new buddies were heading downstream to fish so Foxy and I started our trek back upstream to the car. I never did find that wintering hole that Nick told me about and later on I found out why.
My dad and I had made plans earlier in the week to go fishing on Saturday. We met at our rendezvous point near the border and headed towards the Rush River. All the reports on fishing in the Kinni have been negative so far this year so I figured we would slay them on the Rush. The sun was just coming up as we made our way into Dairyland.
When we made it to Clearwater Creek we worked our way upstream taking turns fishing spots that looked like they may hold fish. We also saw plenty of trout darting every which way.
What do you know a trout.
At one point I saw a fat brook trout holding tight to the bottom. I was surprised that I didn't spook it. I drifted my scud in front of him and saw him grab it. Setting the hook was like ringing the bell and that trout fought like raging hell.
A little farther upstream I found a Sculpin. He was dead but still a cool find. It's the sign of a healthy stream when you find Sculpins.
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