As you can see from my first post this year about Holmes run, and my recent catchup post, I’ve had some trouble landing my first trout in this stream. On Tuesday, the conditions seemed perfect. I watched the rain hit my office window, and remembered that I had my rod, bag, and waders in the truck downstairs. I left work about 2:30 and was on the water by 3.
Cold and rainy, perfect.
I fished this San Juan worm all over Holmes, but only this little guy wanted it. I didn’t even realize I had him on until I went to cast.
I switched to this wooley (from the Urban Angler) and cast near the second crossing. I felt a bite or two, and then hooked one. I saw him under the surface, and he looked to be about a foot long. Then he threw the hook. I cast some more but nothing. I moved on, but came back about 40 minutes later. A few more bites, and then a huge hit. I was so worried about losing him, but I got him in the net.
I moved down about 50 yards and landed this little guy about 30 minutes later. He broke the surface and lept what felt like 2 feet in the air. It was pretty awesome. Right after this picture he flopped out of the net and threw the hook. Lucky I was quick on the shutter. I didn’t get my tape out, but this one looked to be about 8 inches or so.
I’ve been trying for a Holmes Run trout for a good while now. I celebrated my catch(es) with a nice dram of Talisker.