I fished Bear Creek today for the first time this year, and I still can't get used to the new look of the river after last year's floods. This is a familiar but also a foreign river to me at the same time.
The river was a wee bit high (60cfs) and something between off-color and muddy from last nights rain. I thought I would start nymphing with a San Ron Worm (that gaudy squiggly pink worm) but didn't have any takers. I noticed a fish rising in an eddy to something in the foam and thought I would throw at him something small and green. On the third cast I got my first Bear Creek brown trout of the year. I moved a bit around and noticed that I got a few splashes when my fly started dragging across the current when I was distracted talking to a hiker.
I immediately changed my approach and started presenting the fly downstream and across and immediately got much more interest in my offering. I ended up landing 5 brown trout and 2 long distance releases.
It was a great outing if I disregard the leaky waders...
This is my first attempt at putting together a video, hope you like it!
Tight lines, -K