Many times I come home thinking to myself that trout was huge for that small creek. I tell friends about the fish, knowing that they think it might be just another big fish tail.
Back in March 2012, I was up on a small local tailwater. This tailwater has a few decent sized fish, but nothing to right home about. On this particular day I noticed not one, but three very very nice sized fish (trout). Two were in deep pools with slow moving water. I watched as the rainbow trout moved up and down feeding on emerging midges. I tied on a small size 20 midge but had not luck in enticing any of these nice rainbow. The best I could do is sit back and enjoy the show. I sat behind a boulder watching two beautiful rainbows swim back a forth feeding. I actually caught the fish on the DSLR, the images were not the best shots but still cool to see.
If I had to guess as to the size of the fish above, I'd say it's about 14-15 inches.
Here is another that was not quite as big as the first but still a nice specimen.
The day was warm with flowers blooming and Spring definitely in the air.
The Miners Lettuce would have gone good in a nice wild salad on such a warm day.
This small lizard joined me while I ate my lunch.
There is another trout up there, bigger than the ones I photographed, way bigger. The trout is incredibly spooky, any sight of movement and it bolts out of it's holding area. Today I will head up to this tailwater for a bike ride with the family, I bringing along my camera with a polarized filter to try and photographs this incredibly large fish. I would fish for the trout but not on the weekend, as there is way to much foot and bike traffic from all the weekend warriors.
The SoCal Fly Fisher