Being on this river for almost 40 years has taught be the art of observation and each year I see mostly the same thing happen. When November rolls around each year there is a sudden rush of trout deprived fans that cannot wait to get to Blue River. Around the middle of November there is the first of two trout derby events at Blue River and this event has created it's own culture over the years. December still brings fairly nice weather and the crowds keep on coming to Blue. In January we will find the real die-hard trout fans wrapped up in overalls, and layered beyond belief donning a pair of waders and standing in the middle of river. In February we find the faithful and after the trout derby takes place is when we see the declining of numbers as far as people making trips to Blue to trout fish. I've seen it year after year.
When March arrives it's almost like the lion has fallen asleep as the lamb takes control. In other words, interest in trout wane as warmer weather offers other fishing opportunities.
Fishing during March and also during the month of April can be awesome. Not only have the inventories of trout built all season long, the bass and pan fish community become active, along with catfish and Redhorse sucker - all which can be caught by way of fur and feather.
Wednesday of this week I decided to take Scotty the proceeds from the Blue River Fly Classic. Scotty had already told me that the snow melt and the rain on Monday had caused the river to go off- color and that a fly fisher might have a hard time. I was determined to go fishing anyhow.
When I arrived at Scotty's he was filling propane tanks for a customer so I went inside and waited. Once he came in I give him the proceeds and even though it was only 10:30 in the morning I went ahead and order a Scotty burger to go. Then I shoved off for the south wilderness.
I got in the river about an hour before noon and sent out an olive Bubba Bugger, and the action started right away. It was a trout with almost every cast. On trout number 15 I would end up loosing the Bubba Bugger and I believe this is a good illustration of the need to re-tie our flies after so many catches.
A dark brown 1/64 oz. Micro jig fly went on and this fly would produce even better than the Bubba Bugger. I am convinced that the fall rate of this fly had a lot to do with it's success. The trout were grabbing this fly within seconds after it's landing.
In less than an hour I was up to 30 trout and determined to get to 50 before calling it a day. Guess my thinking was 50 would be a nice number to stop on, but then I remembered that old son-in-law Van was on the river Sunday in the south wilderness and he stopped on 50... so I needed 51. I needed 51 just to show Van that the old man here still has it every once in awhile.
Number 51 came on an olive 1/64 oz. Micro jig because I lost the brown Micro jig to a trout for not practicing the re-tie discipline after 20 or so trout caught.
I do believe an angler could have caught 100 trout yesterday if they were willing to stay all day. I wanted to stay longer, but too much to do back at the bunkhouse. I think the success of the day paints a picture at how good the trout fishing can be in March and this often carries on into April.
Scotty is going to try and promote trout fishing in April by having a weekly largest trout contest. No entry fee required, but you do have to register at Scotty's One Stop. There will be two weekly winners - largest trout fly fishing and largest trout spinner or bait fishing. Each winner will receive a $25.00 cash prize and a Scotty or Gloria burger. Dang... you can't beat that.
Beautiful day yesterday and I enjoyed the walk in the wilderness as much as the fishing. As I was leaving I walked past Desperado Springs and there is a good flow of water gushing from the spring right now. And yes, I did retrieve that plastic bottle and carry it out.