Pierce County 5.7.17

Beautiful weather and opening weekend of the catch and keep season brought the crowds out to the popular streams, so I hit a smaller area stream to find some solitude from about 3:30 to 6:00 pm. I began the outing with a black leech streamer I had success with at this spot before, but was unsuccessful this time around. After a couple runs, I turned to nymphing with a size 16 olive Euro pheasant tail and a size 18 standard Euro PT below. I seemed to be a tree magnet — this section has a lot of overhanging limbs — today, but when I did manage to get my flies in the water the fish seemed to be willing to eat. I ended up with seven or eight fish in the two or three runs before I hit my takeout point, including this one around 12″

Fish were also rising a bit to midges, but I didn’t bother tying one on. The stream was also low and crystal clear, making stealth very important as I approached good holding spots. A little rain would be a welcome sight!

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  • Gene Kraay

    On top of being a good fisherman, you write very well. Have you considered studying journalism in college? As far as fishing goes, I’ve had success at both the Kinnickinnic and Rush Rivers. I avoid the Kinni on weekends. I’ve been out three times this week and have not seen too many other fishermen.

    • Thanks again for the kind words, Gene! I actually graduated from Winona State in 2015 with a marketing degree. Aric is headed there in the fall, and is looking at accounting. Both the Kinni and Rush can be good even with the weekend pressure, but I prefer to have some solitude on the water and not have to leapfrog other fishermen. Going during the week can be great like you said, as well as early in the morning or later in the evening on the weekends. It’s always fun to pull out a map and see what the other creeks have to offer too!