At 8:00 this morning, my wife told me today would be a good day for me to go fish - who am I to argue. Quickly threw my gear into my vehicle and took off for the WPLP. Got there about 10:00 a.m. and the water was really up. Fishable but big.
First place I started fishing was on a rock that was about 5-6' off the water with a pretty strong current below. Got a little too close to the edge, feet slipped on a wet patch and I headed down for the water. Managed to get my rod down on top of the rock before I went. Well, my life didn't flash before my eyes as I headed for the river but my new digital camera did. Bye, bye camera. Managed to land on my feet, make my way back to the bank and get back up on the rock to get my rod. Nothing like a little excitement to start the day.
Things were slow to begin with, hooking one every now and then (one of Pete's stimulators with a BHPT dropper). Then around 2:00 things went crazy. The trout got really aggressive and were pounding the nymph. Caught one on the stimulator but the rest on the nymph. Ended up with 11 for the day, most of which came between 2:00 and 4:00, including a 7" brookie. First spec I've caught up in WPLP in quite a while. I had many more trout hitting the flies and then shaking off; one jumped about a foot out of the water before shaking off - way cool. Probably lost nearly as many as I actually caught.
One of the most exciting moments of the day came when I was throwing into a pool in front of a huge rock in the middle of the stream. Water was roaring past on both sides (when I say roaring, I couldn't hear the motorcycles up on the road all day) but there was a section about 4 feet top to bottom and about 6 feet across. Something took hold of the nymph and bent my rod in a major way. It shook off before I could even get it close to the surface but it definitely had my heart pounding for a bit.
Two notable accomplishments for the day - getting better with the nymphs and managed to fish the river even with the water up. Felt pretty good.