I was hoping that this would not be my last venture to the streams. Alas, it was. Sadly it was the next after my previous post too. Oh well, I'll sleep in the post graduate bed I chose to make.
A new addition to the CPS waters this season which has become one of my favourite. Not because of the size of fish, nor the numbers, but more so due to the fact that it is the closest to blue lining I have ever come. The term blue lining is more commonly used in the States where there is an abundance of trout waters.
Picture this: open a map, find a trib. of river known to hold the aquatic critters, find a trib. of that trib., pack your 2wt and a box of 18-22 dries and head for the mountains. That faintest blue line on the map is your destination. It's all about getting high up, in tight places and far from those often fished. It's fly fishing like this that gives me a kick; it can never become repetitive if you don't let it.
Anyway, so this is the closest I have yet to come to blue lining - skip the finding it on a map part. Although, I got as high and tight as I could. The thought that not many other people dig this was pretty rad too. Yeah the fish are pretty naive and will rise for your yarn indicator, big LOL, but you can't be. You're pretty much fishing in a tunnel of witch fingers the whole day. Short role casts and/or bow-and-arrow casts are the most appropriate ways to present the little RABs.
Your average sized fish is probably no longer than anyone of your fingers. You'll be lucky to pull a few out around the 6 inch mark. Holy Moses, when you've been hooking 1.5 inch trout all day and you see one of 6 inches tail wagging at the head of a riffle, your mind warps it into a 22+ inch you'd find in NZ. Buck fever kicks in, game face on, I'm not f*cking this up. Success. It's what this 'blue lining' is about, a fish of miniature size, relatively speaking to the rest in the river, is made a monster for the day. Most memorable.
It's weird. While writing this I realise you have two type of 'fishermen'. Those who enjoy fishing and those who enjoy catching. The latter can be split into two groups. I think you'll find that the predominant group are those that want to catch big and aren't satisfied if not achieved. I struggle with these people purely because they cannot understand the beauty behind fishing. Such that the form of blue lining can bring. I can get deep into this, but I think I'll stop here. Luckily I have enough people around whom understand what fishing is about and are open to the idea of new angling experiences.
By constantly exploring with a fishing rod in hand, catching a fish just become a bonus at the end of the day.
A shout out to James Martin, a new angling bud of mine, for the company this day!