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August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016


I caught a 7 or 8 pounder this morning behind my trailer. No, it was not a Brown trout. No, it was not a Rainbow either. It was a feral cat and my lure was a can of cat food in a Have-A-Heart trap. I have been plagued by a raccoon that has been raiding my automatic cat food dispenser. But, more than that, I have been worried that the raccoon would turn his attention to my ripe tomatoes and other vegetables in my garden. I had thought my enemy was a skunk but the other night I heard the racket made by the overturned cat feeder and when I looked out I saw the masked bandit. I stopped re-filling the cat feeder. Then I noticed muddy paw marks on the door of the outside storage compartment of the trailer where I store the opened bad of cat food. So, I baited the trap and finally caught something. It turned out to be a feral cat. So, back to the drawing board and I’ll bait the trap again tonight.

I had a challenging but fun morning yesterday on the Double R Ranch’s field water. I encountered fish rising to a sparse hatch of Blue Winged Olives when I launched my float tube. I landed a Brown trout on my 4th cast using a BWO Sparkle Dun. I thought I was all set up for one of those infrequent easy days when the fish act stupid. But, then I ran into a Trico hatch which commanded the attention of all trout and they podded up nicely. Perhaps that early fish was feeding on green bodied female Trico duns? Perhaps this was my last battle with the Trico of the season? I relished the morning even more after the latter realization even though I only landed two more trout, both healthy Rainbows. Trout were still rising at 1:00 p.m. when I had to exit the water due to the call of Nature. There was a nice hatch of Tiny BWOs (#22), initially duns and later the trout were slurping spinners.

There is an evening hatch of Callibaetis all over the Ranch field water. I’m looking forward to a calm night to fish that hatch as in the morning all I have been seeing are spent Callibaetis spinners. Last night the trout were rising along the opposite bank the entire length of Beat #7.

Now that the Trico hatch is essentially over I look for the Blue Winged Olives to dominate. I understand that Callibaetis are hatching during the day on the Nature Conservancy water but, hopefully, we will see the same transition here on the Double R. It would be nice to be able to see one’s fly . . . .

Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch