Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Chasing Brown Trout West of Red Deer
What a beautiful day to be out fly fishing. Not a cloud in the bright blue sky and we were heading for a river west of Red Deer in pursuit of brown trout. Wait a minute, that sounds like the movie; Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Well the wind was blowing hard and there were no bugs on the water, darn. That meant nymphing or casting streamers. I hauled my dry fly set up around all day but saw only 1 rise. Streamer fishing was not too productive for me. Larry and I scrambled down a steep slope and within a few short minutes we had a small brown and several rocky mountain whitefish to hand! The fishing was not fast and furious but the water was clear, maybe a bit too clear for the spooky browns. We caught lots of rockies and a fews browns on hare's ear nymphs and small flashbacks.
When Larry told me it was 5 pm, I was amazed. How does the time go by so fast? You can tell we were loving our day. It was good to tramp around on a river today. The long trek up the Stairway to Heaven back to Larry's truck was work. The sweat on our forehead was a small price to pay to have such a good day!
Oh yes, there seems to be two seasons in Central Alberta; winter and construction. Highway 11 is being paved, allow extra time if you are heading to the west country. We saw lots of trailers heading out to secure their May long weekend camping spot!
Enjoy the long weekend.