The Duke On Christmas Eve
I really had my doubts about using that brown bugger tagged as the Duke of Marabou Brown after looking at the river today. The river, in the campground area, has made a dramatic return to clarity.
However, the ol' chap deserved a chance to see if could stage a repeat performance of last week... and he did.
My time on the river today was short, but, while there the fishing was absolutely insane. The trout were evidently in hari kari mode today, because it was nothing short of an onslaught the Duke was delivering.
It was easy to be impressed today by the quality of these trout. With the exception of one fish, none of the fish to hand today measured less than twelve inches, owning remarkable colors, and fat!
Getting to the stretch I wished to fish there was no one else around except a bait fisher on the east bank upstream. Soon though, a young bait angler and another fly angler would join me. The young bait angler was having all kinds of problems and not catching anything so I would end up giving him my water.
The fly angler hollered at me and asked if I'd mind sharing information as to what fly I was using and of course the answer no... wouldn't mind at all. Wading over to the fly angler to show him the Duke, we struck a conversation about the clarity of the river in the campground area. The gentleman told me he had fished the northern wilderness yesterday and the river was still stained up there. I don't understand what's going on in the northern part of this river - it doesn't make any sense.
After leaving this prime stretch of river, a downstream position was taken and the Duke went to work again, but, nowhere to the degree as the first place.
It was still quite cold when I was on the river today, but, little wind, which made it tolerable.
Instead of me trying to give a narrative description of what the river looks like in the campground area, I decided to share a video. Remember, this is a report for only the campground area, not the northern areas.