For a week, Mike Schmidt of Anglers Choice Flies and I had been mulling over intentions of getting together on the Mad River for a day of Trophy Brown Trout chasing. Today was to be that day. Ambient temperatures in the low twenties and clear blue skies foreshadowed a daily high of mid thirties, with ten to fifteen mile an hour winds making things interesting. Icy guides were to meet up with green tinted 470cfs flows on this Saturday.
With our transportation secured, Mike and I dropped into the Mad’s flow around 0830, destined to make this a day we would each remember. Having been spoiled for my last few outings with temperatures in the fifties and sixties, and activities beginning in the noon hour, the cold biting at my fingers was distracting to say the least. Early morning fishing is not in my normal vocabulary.
100 yards in and Mike mesmerizes one of the Mad River’s residents to his offering. Attached to ten pound fluorocarbon is sixteen or so inches of very angry Brown Trout. In a flash to the surface and a turn downstream, the fight was over and Mike was left with mere frustration in his hand. Mistakes were noted and practice was over!
Steelhead Trout are not the only prey entitled to the namesake of “A Fish of A Thousand Casts”. Add to this list the mighty Mad River Brown. Cast after cast and throw after throw, Mike and I made our way down a mile of the Mad River. She had now witnessed the “Mufasa” many times over and gave nothing. Skill and patience were pressed to their breaking points, and then as Mike says, “strip, strip, BoooooM”!
|Mad River Gold|
|25" Mad River Brown Safely Released|
|Bent Out Heavy Duty Hook|