I had a chance to fish the Yampa for some browns on Friday with the new Dynamic Lures that I ordered. For those of you who read my previous post, you know that on my first 2 (short) outings I had little luck with the HD Trout lures that I purchased from a local shop. On late Thursday afternoon my amazon order arrived late making me wait till Friday afternoon to get out and try them.
Typically, I have great success with Brown Trout pattern lures when fishing for… Browns. This fall however, I have not had the greatest luck with the Brown patterns I have. Being that I just got a new HD Brown I thought I would give it a try. Thinking maybe they just want something a little different. Only took a couple casts when I hit my first fish. It was dancing on the surface of the water in the fast section of the current and after a couple leaps out of the water, he shook himself off.
I wasn’t at all convinced that it was the problem, but the first thing that popped in my head was the hooks. I decided to fish on telling myself if I continue to loose fish or miss hits then the first thing I will do is go get new hooks. It only took a couple extra casts and another fish was on. Focusing on keeping the line tight I was just expecting a small Brown because there wasn’t much of a fight. When I got the fish closer to the bank I was well surprised. It was not a small Brown it was a mid-sized Brookie (first picture)! Has anyone that has spent some time around the Chuck Lewis area ever seen a Brookie come out of the Yampa? I know it is possible with Sarvis Creek not too far up stream, but in the few years that I have been fishing it, this was definitely a first! Never heard nor seen of one in that area.
I went back to the hole I had started on and decided to try a RT pattern Rapala because this hole has produced some nice Rainbows in the past. Ended up landing a very nice and healthy 19” Rainbow after a few casts. (pic 2)
The Day went on as made my way up stream and I finally landed a nice Brown as well as a smaller one still fishing with the HD Brown pattern. My phone was not cooperating and I didn’t want to mess around with the fish to much so I let them both go without a photo. I fished for a while longer reaching the end of the CL area so I decided to tie on the glimmer trout J-spec pattern and head back down to the truck. Nothing too special happened on the way back, but I did get a pretty nice picture of a small Brown that took the J-spec half his size.. (pic 3)
Finally, I got a call from my brother who met me at a fishing spot over towards where we live. I had been having luck with the Browns over there so I decided to go back to the HD Brown pattern. The last couple times I was out there I had a couple follows from what looked to be a decent size brown. My brother took a different trail to reach the opposite side of the river from me.
As he was walking across the river upstream from me I hooked into what at first seemed like a normal sized fish until it took a turn downstream and made a pretty nice run. I added a couple clicks to my drag because I could now feel his size and did not want to lose him. After a couple minutes of small runs he started to lose his energy and let me carry him back up stream. As I got him in close I could tell he was a nice fish and thought to myself maybe this is the MA Brown that I have been searching for the last two falls. I took him straight to the edge of the water with my tape measure already in hand. Luckily, I had done it! Being that my brother could not give me a hand I did my best to lay a tape measure over the fish and get the best measurement I could.
Tail un-tipped and mouth open the fish measured out to be a solid 22 and ˝ inches (pictures 4 - 7). It would just be a guess, but with a proper measurement I bet it would have been a little over 23. With the river already getting a little icy it was a great day with some new (and old) lures, a few nice fish, a surprise species, and a PB Brown to end the day and possibly even the river season with the snow and colder temps back in town. Glad I decided to purchase some Dynamic lures before the season was over! Definitely a great product and can’t wait to get out there and try them again. Maybe catch a Rainbow with one next time around…
Tight Lines all! Now it’s time for some ice!!