Above is a link to a photobucket album of some pics I’ve taken down at Trammel Fork this fall. Some were taken with my cell the rest were taken with a digital camera. I’ve included some descriptions for some of the pics, you have to click on the pic to see them. I’m starting a photo journal and they are notes to reflect on later in life. There’s a couple of pics of some of the fish I caught, and others of the stream itself.
So far this fall Trammel has been fishing really good. I landed one of my biggest trout caught on a dry, a fat 17” brown, on Oct. 4. (ive caught a couple of others this big down there but always on streamers) October fished excellent, lots of browns had come out of their nooks and crannies for the spawn. I had one day where I had a 30-40 fish day, a good 15 were browns. Then the week of Halloween we got two really big rains and it had the water almost out of the banks. It blew the stream out and washed a lot of the trout downstream. I went the weekend after and discovered that the high water reeked havoc on the Stream Restoration area. There was one long deep pool that they put in that is now cut in half because it filled up with gravel and is now a riffle area.
After they did the digging and bank work they went and put burlap netting on the banks to keep it from washing out in the rain, and keep the straw and grass seed there when they sowed it. It section of netting is probably 40-50 ft. long x 3ftwide, and they are laid in succession of each other lining the banks. Well they just put the netting down with wooden stakes and the high water just grab alot of the netting and washed it out into the stream. I found one a couple hundred yards from where they stopped the work. You should be careful while wading so you don’t get tangled up. And also if you are nymphing, you get hung up a lot, and it’s a big pain in the ***. But one good thing is it offers cover for the trout, and they are utilizing it. Also it totally washed out several sections of the bank that they just repaired. I think they underestimated how high the water can get down there and they didn’t put any stone in with the dirt and when the water got up it just washed it all back out.
I discovered this 2 weeks ago, and went fishing again on Friday and in that time they have since been back down there and repaired the washed out banks, and this time added large limestone in with it, so we’ll see how that does. Also they have gone and planted a whole lot of saplings (about 3 feet tall) along the banks. There are several species, the only one I recognized was the willows. Only the willows still have limbs on them, the rest just look like sticks stuck in the ground. At first I was like what the heck, then I took a good look around and realized what was up. They are kind of hard to pick out so be careful while walking the banks to not break them off. I wish they would mark them with flags or something so the bait chuckers don’t rip them out and use the for rod holders. Its going to be interesting to see how this does over the coming years.
On Friday the fishing was excellent. The stream temp was 56-57 degrees throughout the day. They were hitting nymphs bouncing off the bottom in the morning and then started to hit dries a little bit after about 1 oclock and lasted through out the rest of the afternoon. They would hit a #12 or 14 olive stimi and #16 brown or olive EHC . I was fishing either a #14-16 Flashback BHPT or a #16 BWO nymph off the dry in the afternoon and had good success on both. I managed about 20 trout. Caught one beautifully colored 12” brown right before dark and long distance released a 14-15” rainbow. Just didn’t get a good hook set on him. I also caught about a 10” rock bass and nice bluegill. I didn’t see as many browns as I have been so I guess they are done spawning down there for the year and spread back out and back into their hiding holes. Right now it seems they are liking dark brown and olive colored flies. Towards the end of the year and on into spring, small black stones start hatching. #18 black EHC and #16-18 black copper johns have served me well during these months. Pretty much anything dark or black, and nymphs fished deep, and of course fishing BH Buggers in #10-12 work really well. Like I said the fishing has been really good and doesn’t seem to be letting up much yet. Don’t be afraid to cover a lot of water if you decide to fish there. They are spread out from all the rain and high water and Plus some of the deep pools that have been there for years and always hold good numbers have been shallowed out because they have been filled up with gravel.
Sorry this is so long, and I hope someone finds it helpful or at least informative. And I hope you enjoy the pics and find them interesting as well. There’s a couple I took of the spring itself. I haven't included any of the restoration section because i always forget to take pics there. I just recently got a waterproof digi and haven't gotten used to actually having a camera with me . Plus when i fish that section i start the day out there and my eagerness to fish prevails. Ill try to post some after my next outing down there.
Im in desperate need for fishing new water and a change in scenery so the Friday after Thanksgiving I’m going to head over to Bark Camp Creek in eastern KY. if anyone wants to join me Id enjoy the company and are more than welcome. I hear it fishes really well in the fall also. Its another of the few streams in KY that get a brown trout stocking. Ill post a report when I get back.
Thanks for reading and here’s the link to the album again…