Winter is a great time to go steelhead fishing, but lately, I’ve been schooled on several outings, so had Thao. I decided to take an invitation to fish ‘the farm’. Located in the south sound, Jeff and I had the opportunity to fish a meandering spring creek loaded with big eager well fed trout and steelhead. I wasn’t able to get out the door until noon, but the drive down was pleasant and the weather held out, with sunny skies, upper 40 degree temps, low wind, and did I mention the willing fish?
Most everything worked on these hungry fish: Chironomids, and leeches being our favoring methods of fishing. We both had two rods strung up and ready for action. One was a 6 wt. GLX 10′ with full clear intermediate line and the other was a 10′ 5 wt. GLX set up for indicator fishing and suspended chironomids. All the fishing is done from the banks similar to Rocky Ford and the creek is skinny enough to put a well thrown double haul near the opposite bank.
The fish were all very healthy, with some real bruisers: 5+ lbs and one that might have pushed 8/9 lbs. Upon stomach sampling one nice trout, #18 and 20 chironomids in the chrome, amber, grey classification were found. There were also some mayfly larvae and snails! I even caught a salamander, never caught one of those before on the fly rod. I guess thats why these fish grow so large: constant temperature water, muddy bottom that is condusive for massive Chironomid life, and other terrestrials and aquatic biomass that fattens these trout and steelhead.
The fight of these fish can easily be compared to that of a Kamploops fish, with several runs, jumps, and dodging, these fish were no comparision to the sublime fish that the WDFW puts into our lakes, ponds and rivers.
The great thing about our spring creek is that there is little pressure, so Jeff and I had the whole place to ourselves and had a blast fishing for a few hours and landing some big pigs!