|Typical KLG water...|
|... and pocket water|
We got to the river which was running very low, just below 40cfs, lower than I ever saw it when still fishing in NJ, I think. A lot of the holes looked similar if not the same, but as you know, a river does change over time a bit. Big flows will do that. The access has changed though, where you used to drive along the entire stretch on River Road, you could now access KLG from the top and drive to the trestle pool where a new handycap ramp was built into one of my favorite spots or you could park at the lower end hike in.
Chris and I decided to hike from the trestle pool to the lower parking lot to see how the river looks like downstream and then started fishing our way up.
As it often is, catching a fish right off the start is not a good sign. I hooked up on the 6th cast with a nice brown trout that took the Killer Kebari in on the the better runs. After that, it all became a bit more difficult and fish became sparse. The water was so low that I eventually changed to a size 16 CDC and Elk (of course) thinking that fish just had to look up. I was able to entice a few risers but was unable to hook them at first, by noon I was only able to net two more brown trout with one lost after an aggressive hookup.
After lunch, we decided to give the fish (and ourselves) a bit of a rest and explored the river by car upstream and downstream. Chris wanted to see how the water further downstream and closer to the train station looked like, as he often ventures fishing by train. The water looked definitively fishy but appeared to me to be more of a "warm water" species section and while I was test casting one of Chris' new top secret rods I was able to get into half a dozen blue gills (I think) and a small smallmouth bass.
|Baby Smallmouth Bass|
Tired but happy we headed back to the train station.