Friday, December 15, 2006

Big December Trout




12/15/06 -- The water conditions for Sandy Creek have not changed in the past few days. Sandy still is in the best shape it has been all fall. Looking at Sandy Creek you may think the water conditions are low clear. However we have spent all fall fishing in water conditions that we would normally be considered unfishable for Sandy Creek. With the unusual warm December weather, the water temperature has been hanging in the low to mid 40s. The big surprise for today is the unusually large male Brown Trout that weighed in at 15 1/2 pounds and a spawned out female weighing in at 12 pounds. We just do not find Brown Trout this big in the creek this time of year.

Today both the Brown Trout and Steelhead had a preference for egg flies. The egg flies were dead drifted under a strike indicator. To get a bite today the presentation had to be perfect. Only one small Brown was caught swinging a white woolly bugger. All the rest of the fish were caught with size 8 Oregon cheese nuclear roe bugs.

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