I started at the Swinging Bridge access and pointed the cuda upriver. The first 3 hours (2 miles) were a bore. No fish, no takes, lots of teeth chattering and...did I already say NO FISH!!! Not even a bow. I tried everything...buggers, small streamers, swinging wets, san juan's...all fruitless. I arrived at good look'n shoal and tied on a nymph. Placed it next to a downed tree in calm water, expecting it to take a few seconds to get down...I scanned the tree for a shadow. When I looked back I saw my indicator flying about 2 feet through the water. I set and had ~18inch brown on for about 2 seconds. I lost him as he came to the surface to tease me for my rookie mistake. Losing that fish really hurt. All I could think about was how bad the day sucked.
Thought about calling it but decided to drag the cuda (w/o getting wet) over the shoal and break for lunch. When I got over the shoal, I looked back and saw a birds nest of leader, nymph, indicator all wrapped around the tip of my TFO...SWEET!!! Thought about going home again...but decided, to re-set and re-tie. The next event shows how the morning was for me...I can't make this up. While eating my Egg Mc'Muffin, a guy in a boat drags down the shoal. The owner says, "watch out he'll get all up in your S@!T"...confused, I look'd back to see his dog trying to steal my lunch. I still think it was an ambush. I got a good laugh from it and we had a good conversation. So no hard feelings, you river pirates!! From that point on the fishing got crazy good.
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Stopped count'n after 15 butterballs (and 1 bow) all in about 2 hours of fish'n after lunch.
The bite went away when the sun came back out. As bad as the morning was the afternoon was equally splendid. I didn't want to leave but I had a 3 hour drive ahead of me. So I made my way back to my truck being sure to avoid them river pirates. It was a great start to November, got to meet my newest nephew and catch some fish.
Ended up replacing my old waders with a set of Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible waders. I think they'll be great for kayaking/paddling b/c of the convertible top. Review at a later date.