Fishing report from the weekend and lessons learned.
We got to WW Trading Post at 8:00 AM, opening time. Finally made it to the launch point at Re-Regulation Dam and ready to go by 9:30 AM. Immediately went over to river left from the launch point and fished some calm water along the shore line and back into the rapids. Knuckles pulled in the first catch for the day, a nice sized perch using a shad fly.
I started out with a chart/white clouser and had zero response, so switched over to a size 8 gold bead head white flash wooley bugger and it was game on, literally stopped counting the bluegill, perch and small bass.
Oh yeah, we had the entire North American Plastic Rental Navy there to help too, LOL! These guys caused many pile ups during the first 3 mile stretch in the rocks and chute. Personally, it was great to see so many people just simply enjoying a beautiful day on the river and trying out kayaking and canoeing.
Before we got to the chute on river left, I managed to pull my personal best rainbow trout at approximately 18". Great fight and a lot of fun. Would love to have had more of a chance to get into more of these guys!
We made it through the chute with no issue, zig zagging around all the other kayaks and canoes. However, I managed to not make such a graceful landing off the waterfall. It was refreshing to say the least and managed to not loose any gear, bonus!
Strong pulled a nice bass out between the falls and Highway 70.
We got to the Highway 70 bridge at 1:30 PM and still had 7 miles to go and extraction was set for 5:00 PM. We had to get a little selective on spots to fish and yet still make good time. Here is Knuckles stretching his legs, but still making use of the time to fish.
Around 5-1/2 miles down river, Knuckles took a bad angle through a narrow chute and got flipped and pinned up by a tree in the water. He did exactly what Strong and I told him to do in case this happened. One, stand up if you can otherwise, two, go down feet first. Strong got Knuckles to the shore while I went back up into the narrow chute to retrieve the kayak. Managed to get it unpinned from the first tree just for it to get hung up on a stump, what luck. The drag chain line was apparently wrapped around the stump, so managed to cut the line and get the kayak free and to the shore. The kayak was stripped clean of everything, but Knuckles was safe.
Crazy enough, his fly rod tip started to swirl around in an eddy that was behind the chute, so I managed to paddle over and after several attempts of it surfacing and then submerging, I got it. Total items either MIA or DOA, Apple iPhone, spinning rod and reel, sunglasses, hat, fishing lanyard with all tools, oh yeah, paddle. Safe and sound son is priceless.
This situation was a game changer for the remainder of the trip. I towed Knuckles the last 4-1/2 miles. FYI, Murphy's Law applies to kayaking while towing. If there is a tree in the middle of a river and you are towing. You will for sure in every instance, split and wrap yourself around said tree. Happened twice!
Lessons Learned....... 1) leashes on paddles, 2) 10 miles is too long of a trip, when limited on time; really thinking that 5 miles is optimal if you want to fish hard, 3) water proof phone cases.
Proud dad here with his favorite son..... I can say that, I only have one.
Oh yeah, great tip from Knuckles. To avoid sun burned ankles while kayaking; wear your favorite lucky socks!
We are ready to go back. Here is the video https://youtu.be/TmEgNILpWug.
Thanks for reading. Tight Lines.