I decided to check out some water I usually don't fish, so I took off and finally ended up at a spot with a little bit of room for a backcast. The sun came out every 20 or so minutes, which allowed me to see some dark shapes in about 5 feet of water right above a run. I was hoping for steelhead, or even salmon.
I threw on a tandem nymph rig with a weighted black stone and a hares ear dropper and was surprised to hook up so quick into one of the dark spots. I knew right away it was not a salmonid by the way it fought directly after the hookset. I had a hunch what it was and it was confirmed when I got it near surface.
A big redhorse!
|A fat 28" redhorse, I was happy!|
|Although not as fat, almost as long...27"|
As for my salmon and steel quest - I was lucky enough to watch a massive salmon porpoise way out in the middle of the river a few times. One of those, "hey man, why can't you get a fly out 150'?" kinda fish...