This particular spot is designated to take out your raft that you put in at the dam site a couple of miles upstream, but not this time of year. It had steps dug into the rocks and cleats along the side of the steps to tie ropes on so as you wiz by you can grab the rope and pull yourself to the side.
I walked to the bottom step and there is a huge pool right there. I put a green stimulator out on my fly rod and let it slowly drift down the pool. To get an idea of how big this pool is, I couldn't put the fly into somewhat fast moving water on either end of the pool.
My next move was to a spot under the bridge. This entailed crawling over huge boulders (thus the Mountain Goat comment) and finally getting to a spot where I could, at least, get near the water.
On the way by, I took the three pictures from the base of the bridge just to give you an idea of the terrain.
|Under the bridge to the left|
|Under the bridge across the creek|
|Under the bridge to the right|
|First fish of the day|
I moved upstream again to the next pool and using my regular fly rod was able to bring two more small rainbows to hand. A lot of long distance casting on this creek.
On the way out I took the next two shots to give you an idea of how high this creek runs in the winter. Standing on a rock near the takeout spot I mentioned above, the first one is driftwood at about 10:00 o'clock and the second one is the river and it would be about 2:00 o'clock.
Till the next story. "The weekend I disappeared".