A leisurely day near the water turned into an unexpected fishing trip for some big rainbow trout. I had headed out to a local section of the Boise River to film some footage for a non-fishing related video when I happened to stumble upon some fast action for some large trout. I had luckily brought along a rod and minimal tackle so that I could get a few casts in between breaks on shooting video. The first cast found me connected with a rainbow that easily pushed 4 pounds. Thinking that was just a fluke I decided to snap a photo and release the fish. I didn’t start recording at this point because I had no idea that the fishing would be as hot as it turned out to be. Well two fish later and it quickly became apparent that I was into an incredible bite.
The equipment that I was using on this particular outing was a Luhr-Jensen 6′ ultra light action rod paired with a Shakespeare 2500ULX reel spooled with 4lb mono. As far as presentation, I tied on a #8 barbless hook about 18 inches below a 1/4″ slip sinker which I wrapped in tin-foil as a make-shift flasher/attractor. Using a small nightcrawler for bait, I cast upstream into the riffle area and let the rig bounce bottom throughout the riffle and subsequent run. Pretty basic stuff.
All in all, it was one of those trips that I won’t soon forget… if not for the great fishing, then for the the unexpectedness of it all. Sure, I would have loved nothing better than to have had my chance at some of those hogs with my fly rod, or to feel them hammer a spinner, but beggers can’t be choosers right 😉
Until next time… May you have the best outdoor experiences with your family and friends, and maybe we’ll see ya on the water sometime!
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