Apple Creek-05-14-2023

Stream Fished: Apple Creek

Date: 05-14-2023

Angler Name: Ryan Norris

Angler Age: 35

Angler Home: Lodi

Fishing Tackle: Fly Fishing

Fish Caught: Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Caught: 9

Comments: Mom wanted to walk and wade the creek for mother's day. We visited from 7am - 9:30am. No one else was at the creek. She had a blast borrowing my back up pair of polarized glasses and watching the trout as well as numerous other species in the water. Water was low and gin clear. Heavy angler pressure was extremely evident in the behavior of the trout. Walk, wade, or move too quickly and they would bolt. Was getting hard refusals on nymphs / streamers in slow deep pools where they could see everything around them. Moving along to fishing the riffles with good surface disturbance leading into deeper pools is where I found success. It was about 50/50 even between swinging streamers down through a run and stripping them back as well as dead drifting a stonefly / worm.

Mom doesn't fish but she was happy to visit the park and she really enjoyed netting fish even though I didn't ask her to. Today was the first time I've convinced her to take a knee, wet her hands and release a rainbow trout. In the past she never wanted to touch them for fear of hurting them. Wonderful morning and wonderful memories!