|Working a streamer|
I jumped at the chance of heading to a spot I had yet to fish for landlocks. Kurt Budliger had fished there many times and invited me to head up with him. Its a place I had heard about many times but had not yet had the opportunity to visit. Sorry, not putting down the name, but most guys in Vermont will probably know where I am talking about. I was a bit surprised when I got to the river. It is much more like brook trout water than what I am used to for salmon. The river was relatively small, but certainly had plenty of water in it. The very high gradient made for a lot of pocket water and there were some deeper holes to work, especially lower.
|Changing tactics paid off- 26" buck salmon in hand!|
I was at a really nice deep hole- one of the deepest- and I thought that I would try out a smaller smelt pattern of my own creation. I put it on a long leader with a single Dinsmore shot. I dropped that into the current and let it sink into the pool behind a rock. I then started working it back slowly. Sure enough I had a tug and then a fish exploded out of the water! It was a salmon and a nice one at that. It made a number of runs and a few jumps but fortunately it stayed within the pool. Once it came to net I measured it to 26". I needed 24" for the Master Angler Program. We got a bunch of pictures and released the fish. I can't wait to see what Kurt's camera got- especially the close up shots. Definitely check out his web site if you haven't seen his work before.
|Gorgeous fish in a gorgeous location- I'll be back!|
The rest of the day was relatively fruitless. We saw a few fish, caught some small bass. Kurt managed a small brown too. All in all a great day on the water. Just what I needed.
That fish puts me at 19 different species entered into the program so far (out of a total of 33), my 6th new species this year and gives me a total of 37 entries into the Master Angler Program so far. I still have more fishing to do... A few species are on the list to catch... including a few I have never fished for before. Stay tuned... the adventure continues...