It all started with a text. @ffrhino and @adventurephilm were coming up to carp fish the lake with @fishshootbrew and i. We found lots of clooping carp but couldn't get any to play. So, we split up but I remained in this area and went from targeting the cloopers in the muck swirl line to aiming blind at carp i assumed were also cruising around and possibly feeding deeper or or perhaps outside the line.
And sure enough, one minute I'm trying to con my crayfish nymph into several dozen clooping carp, the next I'm getting aggressive takes on the medium strip of the same fly but maybe a foot or two down. Turns out, rainbow trout were in and feeding right with the carp, and I was catching big rainbows on almost every cast. Acrobatic jumping from all of them, putting a considerable bend into my 7-weight rod. Took a break and gave @fishshootbrew a turn on the rod, and she quickly caught fish too.
I call this lesson "follow the predators". For the past several outings to the ever changing area of the lake, there has been one area that I had been wanting to fish that only just recently became reachable by waders. This area is where two very different bodies of water collide. I had seen hawks, osprey and more recently, a pair of bald eagles perched in the closest tree line, all fairly obviously scoping out some fish snacks below.
The night before I put on a display of my map making skills to point out the water we were going to fish and it's varied traits. It was clearly the reason we got skunked on our carp fishing but all caught several trout, including my estimated personal best, a ~22" rainbow.
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