I had a guide trip on the Elkhorn creek today with Jeff Mossbarger and Ted Hendricks. Fishing was tough, but I think we had good time for the most part. I think I owe these guys a few fish.
When I checked the gauges yesterday they read around 155-170 CFS; when we pulled into the canoe livery today they read nearly 270 CFS! Water depth was fine and actually made floating the river a bit easier. Unfortunately, high CFS readings usually mean low water clarity. Clarity was not terrible, but could have been better. Ted saved the day with a few good fish on topwater. Despite our tough day on the stream, I was really impressed with how much both of these guys improved their casting and fishing skills throughout the day.
Little Miami River
|One of the smaller Hybrids|
While sitting in traffic on Columbia Parkway on the way home, I spoke to a fishing buddy for a bit who mentioned that there might be a few hybrids left in the river system. I figured I needed a bit of rod and reel therapy after a tough day on the Elkhorn. I got home about 6:30, ate a quick sandwich, mowed some green grass and then took to the river. Alexander and his dad were already there trying their luck. After a bit they took off and I took my favorite spot. Within about fifteen minutes I landed a five pound hybrid. I didn’t get a picture, but it was a decent fish and definitely deserved the Sage Xi2 8 weight. The next fish I hooked had super solid feel and I guess I horsed him a bit much since before I knew it he had broke me off. Hard to guess how big these fish are since they are so powerful. Caught a few more little guys over the next hour or two. I was fishing large Clouser minnow in chartruese and white on an Intermediate line with a short heavy leader. Water clarity was a bit low, but levels were great. Rain tonight might screw that up. Sure has been a hard summer so far for warm water fishing. All in all, I landed 3 and broke the big one off.