The No-Skunk Zone: Maybe 15 years ago, I pulled a big brown out of the eddy just behind this boulder. I lost my net in the excitement. For years, I always made sure to cast in this spot, and it was always productive. I won't say it was easy. I'll just say there were always trout there. . . . Then, one year, I decided no, I think I'll hike past the old boulder and fish elsewhere in our favorite creek, and I do that all the time now. The famous 20th Century bandit Willie Sutton reputedly replied “because that's where the money is” when a reporter asked why he spent so much of his adult life robbing banks. I could attest “that's where the trout are” when it comes to this boulder. But I've had my fun there, and while the knees hold up, I look for trout in other places further away. . . . Still, if I get skunked and I'm feeling punked, I come back to this spot and usually get off the schneid there just before heading home. You all probably know a spot like that.
good spots are universal – browns just love to hang out in their favorite living room – if the “owner” moves or is caught, the spot is quickly taken by a new resident…
December 16, 2019 at 1:52 pm
There was a big rock like that on the Stamp River on Vancouver Island. It didn’t look like much, but in the proper season (winter or summer) there was always a steelhead there. Like you, i ignored it unless I got skunked elsewhere… and then it was back to the sure thing.