Monday, September 27, 2010
South Fork Bonito Creek-Lincoln National Forest
Mark Twain's comment about golf, " a good walk - spoiled" could easily be modified to fly fishing a small stream," a good walk- completely and utterly destroyed." That's how I felt at least for the first 45 minutes or so when I fished the South Fork of the Rio Bonito on Sunday. Snags,snares,the consequent reties, and guppy sized fish all seemed determined to derail the good feelings from discovering the usually crowded campground closed for the season and the stream delightfully devoid of people.The situation improved,but not before some whining, swearing and even begging to the trout gods for some relief. I did end up catching some better fish, a couple of good sized rainbows and several decent brookies( in addition to the usual dozen or so 5 inchers). I've noticed lower down,the rainbows are the typical darkish blue color and have that dull appearance of stockers. Upstream,though, they are bright and brassy with larger spots and pale pink cutthroat markings, making me believe they have at least some degree of Rio Grande Cutthroat genes in them. Fewer in number and larger in size they are the definite prize here.It turned out to be to be an okay day on the South Fork. They are still plenty of fish here. The increase of algae growth has me a little worried,but on the whole the stream and fish seem to be in pretty good shape.For me,for now though, I feel like taking a break from the tiny creeks, the bushwacking,boulder hopping,the fly hungry trees,the finger sized fish,the steep banks,the kneeling casts,the stinging nettle and thistle. . .Well, maybe for a trip or two,I can't really stay away, these are my home streams.IMPORTANT UPDATE: this stream is mostly likely devoid of fish due to due the Little Bear fire and subsequent ash flows. ( Summer,2012).