Published May 15. 2018 - 1 week ago
Updated or edited May 18. 2018

Recharged on Bowmanville Creek

It’s been a long week and in order to get right, I thought it would be a good idea to get out on the water and perhaps if the fish co-operated, break my skunking from the last outing. I headed into emergency Friday night with some severe pain and what turned out to be a kidney stone migrating out. By Monday, I was feeling better again and the rivers were in great shape for trout. I decided to take along my 2wt 6’ 6’ 4pc graphite rod out paired with my Islander LR1 in hope of catching some resident rainbow trout.

I dropped Kaiser Jek off at school and hopped in the Scion. I didn’t know where I would end up, but headed east in search of some trout. I hit Bowmanville, and decided to try my luck. I parked and suited up. I started the day fishing a squirmy worm, but the clarity of the water suggested I might have some better luck with a little more natural looking bug. I switched off to a #16 Golden Olive nymph and felt the first hit as I drifted the nymph through some green water near an overhanging tree in the stream. The trout was small and I let it off the hook before bringing it out of the pool. I could see a few of the migratory steelhead in the depths, their backs showing their hard fight up the river, white patches and tattered fins highlighted in the shallow pool.

I shut off the camera and things really started happening. I started catching decent sized trout on every other cast. I added a little bit of split shot in front of the fly to get it a little deeper and found the trout on almost every cast. I managed about 10 trout in the pool and then decided to move on. IT was getting close to lunch and so I fished every pool on the way back to the car.

I made it to the car and decided to just fish one more pool, and then another and so on and so on. A couple hours later and countless trout, I headed back to the car. I had to be back to pick up Kaiser Jek from school and so just one more cast wouldn’t happen.

This stretch of the river was busy, and I saw at least 10 other anglers on the short strip that I walked. Most of them congregated around the large pool and I’ve seen as many as 30 anglers grouped in this spot. I quietly slip past on my way upstream to lonelier waters. Although the river upstream may not hold as many fish, I get the solitude I was looking for and some beautiful natural scenery.

I tied on a CDC & Elk at a couple spots, but the topwater bite wasn’t happening today. I did see a couple rises, but it’s still early in the season and wasn’t expecting too much. I needed to have some smaller caddis in the box and so I’ll need to tie some #16 and #14 caddis for the flybox. For the nymphs, I think I’ll be tying up some more of the Golden Olive with tungsten beads. I only had one in the box, but luckily, I managed to keep it for the day. There were several close calls with snags on the bottom and a couple wraps around the overhanging trees.

I can mark this trip as a success. I stopped counting fish after 10 or so and I guess I landed somewhere around 30 in all. All rainbows, all on the golden olive nymph. Tie to hit the vise again and start planning the next time out on the water.

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