Fall 2012 Fishing Trips with “The Otter”

December 13th, 2012

Hi Folks:

Since my hip replacement put me down for a few months, I finally got out for some great fishing. Fished mostly the Miracle Mile on the North Platte in Wyoming over 3 trips, plus one quick trip to the Upper Green River in Wyoming.

In early November my trip to the Upper Green River was a disappointment in that I only took 2 small trout below the cable at Fontinelle Dam. I had wanted to get into some sockeye that were  spawning up from Flaming Gorge, but that didn’t happen. The goal was to catch a few and closely look at their egg sizes and the exact colors  so I could advise our clients as to the best color/size match of Otter’s Eggs. Maybe next year!

I then made three separate trips to the Miracle Mile on the North Platte in Wyoming. This is a beautiful river between Kortes/Seminoe Reserviors and the large Pathfinder Reservoir in the southern part of Wyoming. Great trips-all 3 produced numerous hookups each and ever day. A typical day would be 10 to 20 fish, with only one day out of about 12 fishing  days that was in the single digits, in uncommonly warm weather in the high 40′s to lower 50′s. Yes, it was windy, with my last day on November 29th with wind gusts in the 50 to 60  MPH range. Typical Mile weather!!!

I had many clients that were up there during the same periods and they all reported excellent catches all on Otter’s Eggs, especially later in the month when the browns spawning took full course.  I have posted pictures  so you can see their catches on this wonderful Wyoming river.

I did not personally take any large fish-my biggest was about 21 inches, which for this river is not large. Frank Cada did well on the Mile and I also put in some shots of his fish from North Delaney Reservoir in northern Colorado where he had some great 30 fish days days on Otter’s Eggs during November; Lawrence Perry  took one big brown  at 30 inches on the Mile; Deniese Lupscome also took one about the same;  Phillip Small took some large fish as the photos show ( except my buddy Juan Blanco who just didn’t have a good picture to put in this “Otter Talk “). This group are all in the “Colorado Hookers” club from northern Colorado in the Loveland/Fort Collins areas and they all are fishing fanatics!.  A new client, Ben Morris of Casper, also took a 29 inch brown in early November and I put in a  photo of him with a nice brown taken  when we both fished together and I introduced him to the magic of  Otter’s Eggs.

I have been fishing this part of the North Platte steadily for the last 5 years, and have several comments for our many clients and fishing friends:

First, the run of browns was much later this year than in the past. Some of the browns are still spawning as I write this, which was about 2 to 3 weeks later than the normal spawning time compared to the last few years. Next, the run of fresh chrome rainbows from Pathfinder Reservoir this year are also later than before. I caught a few fresh ‘chromers, but not that many as in past years. I have a hunch they will be late as the browns were and will be probably be coming up into the river in late December and early January.

Another note for this fall was that during early  November I took all my fish on the larger 8 mm eggs, and intercepted more fish lower down river on the Mile than in the upper section. As the month went on, the browns moved up river, and I had to switch to the smaller 6 mm egg size at mid month. Then, in the area of the split islands below the bridge, which are very heavily fished, I had to not only use the smaller 6 mm eggs, but also had to use the Embryo Egg pattern with the bead inside. This did make a difference on these fish that had been worked over, caught, and released many times. Lawrence Perry hit that hole on one day and caught almost 50 all on smaller 6 mm egg size and in the Embryo Pattern. And the last tidbit was that if one wanted to walk a bit and spread out, I found fish in uncommon holes and riffles that usually are not fished heavily by the crowds. In those more remote areas I found small runs and riffles that held large numbers of spawning browns and ‘bows behind them picking up eggs. In one small run I took 8 fish out of it, with 4 more a bit further up into the next riffle run. If you wanted to work at it, there were plenty of fish available in these more remote areas. Lastly, the eggs we saw from late spawning hens were all in the 4.5 mm  to 5.0 mm size; slightly less than our 6 mm eggs but close enough. And this year, different from last year, the egg tint was more of an orange  coloration than the normal Apricot color; hence, our Tangerine clear eggs did best on hookups. In fact, Deniese’s nice big brown was on that color/size.  Another point noted was that the wind takes it toll! With my light line and center pin reel and long 13 ft. rod, if the wind was down river or across from me, as it was on several days, it severely hampered my drift and resulted in fewer fish caught. But for the Mile, you have to expect the wind and the  bone chilling, numbing cold fingers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also included in the photos are 4 huge browns from an undisclosed fisherman at his secret fishing location. He and his buddy took these nice browns all on 6 mm Otter’s “Embryo Egg’s” in the Kiwi Opaque color. I can tell you that they are not from the Miracle Mile, but are from the Rocky Mountains. Gloat, wish, and that is more than enough said!!

Double click on the many photos below to see them in more detail! All these fish were taken with our Otter’s “Soft Milking Egg” patterns, by myself and many of our clients and friends!

Walt-”The Otter

 

 

 

 

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