January 24, 2016
I have had lots of time in the last couple years to re-read my log books.
My actual fishing days have been seriously limited due to knee and back problems so I reminisce in my long ago log books from time to time.
Everything and anything trout related is mentioned in the logs.
I did some connecting the dots recently.
May 16, 1991 I took a trout to the taxidermist. There was also another older angler dropping off a giant female brown there. It was the biggest of his lifetime. He was so excited he basically gave away the general location when I added 2 and 2 .
General was not good enough. I search/fished about 8 miles down stream of where I typically fish. It was bigger water and temps were a little too warm for trout typically. My recon came up empty. The note was made in the logs and saved for future reference. Note: I have not mounted a trout in over 15 years.
About a month ago I was out wandering near the area mentioned in the 1991 log book and came upon a guy splinting some wood near the road. Our conversation quickly turned to trout fishing. I asked permission to fish his land.
The owner gave permission freely and told me the story about the guy from the early 90s that caught a giant female brown on his water. The guy even had it mounted. A couple questions more and I deducted it was the guy from 1991 at the taxidermist shop. The old guy who caught the monster had passed away a couple years later. The land owner told me that NO ONE had fished his stretch of water since then.
Big fish and no one fishing the stretch for a long time caused my Trout Radar to start sounding. I promptly asked the landowner up and down stream of my new permission and scored a huge stretch of new water.
I got home and did some online searching. The first thing I did was look for thermals. This stretch was so far below designated trout water that the water ran kinda hot.
Bingo there were the thermals I was looking for. There were not just 1 or 2 thermals...There were 4 feeder streams and 2 large beaver dams and a couple swamps in the area. The stretch had some awesome looking oxbows.
I have driven by the stretch about once a week since the log book search. The area typically is iced over until late in the day. When I do fish it I will need to wait until the water warms up and my knees and back are sturdy enough to hike a ways. I will only take one trustworthy fishing partner with me that is good at keeping secrets.