This past week broke summer's back. I hope. We had rain and lots of it. Not sure exactly how much but the wheel barrow was running over from rain water, so a good bit. The temperature has finally left the 100s and was down into the sixties at night and high eighties in the day. It's great outdoors now.
The runoff from the rain made the river look like it was filled with Yoohoo drink. Had that exact color. Over the past two days the silt has settled and the water is semi-clear, just a little tan colored. So this morning I went fishing for the first time in months. The water temperature is cool, a shade cooler than I thought it would be. Must be from the rain.
Since the water is still stained a bit I used a wooly bugger with tinsel strips, they catch the light and reflect nicely. The first thing I noticed was that I am out of shape from sitting down all the time. I'm going to have to start exercising. This fatigue cut the fishing trip pretty short.
But I did catch some fish. I caught them under a tree overhang where there was deep shade. The sun was pretty high and though the water was stained the fish weren't out and about in the bright sunshine. I caught small-mouth bass, always a treat.
Leeches were more abundant than usual, had to rub several off my feet when I got out. I guess the rain stirred them up. I was wearing sandals of course, aa I almost always do. These leeches don't look like the ones you see in the movies, they're not big black slug looking things that take a lit cigar to remove. They're tinyish and translucent. I don't think they're big enough to bite through human skin because I've never had a bite mark show up, not even a tiny red dot. I think they latch onto the skin because they resist being removed just a little, but apparently they only latch onto the surface.
I wish they were those big movie ones, just imagine how good they'd be for bait - and how easy it would be to collect them. But alas, these are way too tiny.
The fish fought well, full of action and fight. Not too big, about eight or so inches, but on a four weight they feel great.
I'm going to start climbing stairs at work, build up some endurance. And get out in the river a lot more now - that it's cooler outside. Unless the summer heat comes back. I'm hoping it won't - and since it's almost October maybe it won't.
Hope all of you went fishing this weekend and caught a bunch.