FWAM / Special Events

FWAM – Susie Q Farm

The waterfall hall holds several large rainbows.

The waterfall hall holds several large rainbows.

Warm hearts and handshakes were welcome on Saturday Oct. 19th. It was cloudy and temps were low. Yes, fall had come but it was a perfect time to get out with some good folks to fish Susie Q Farm. Bill the trip leader, Bob, Richard, Martha, Cardo and Larry set out to make the most of the freshly stocked private trout spring creek.

Bill and Larry meet up before the fun begins.

Bill and Larry meet up before the fun begins.

Cloud cover helped most holes stay active. Most of the fishing was down in the sections below the picnic area with varied success between the anglers. Some trout were looking up and inspecting the many dries thrown at them but I believe streamers and nymphs pulled the most strikes and landings.

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Bob readies his tackle.

Bill, who chose not to fish given his recent eye surgery, busied himself patrolling the creek giving advice. It must have been hard not to wet a line because the low clear water made it easy to spot the large and plentiful trout. However, that made the fishing sometimes difficult. Most would come up to inspect dries but would return and hold deep, often just a few feet away. I believe most success was had by casting from a distant vantage point into likely areas that held trout and wait for the strike.

Martha targets some large trout above the ford.

Martha targets some large trout above the ford.

“The day was a rodeo. Lots of action on my BWO flies. The trout would only hang on for 8 seconds.”
— Martha 

Rich readies to trick a feeding trout with an ant.

Rich readies to trick a feeding trout with an ant.

Recent improvements and repairs to a section below the picnic area opened up two new holes. They were running gently, relatively deep and gin clear. The two large trout in the lower hole would move for nothing, the hole above held ten or so eager smaller trout, while the older hole above held a nice 18″ rainbow that fell for a rainbow warrior.

Recent improvements and new creation of some very nice holes.

Recent improvements and new creation of some very nice holes.

A decent size out of one of the new holes.

A decent size out of one of the new holes.

Lots of trout found this nymph irresistible—the rainbow warrior.

Lots of trout found this nymph irresistible—the rainbow warrior.

Heavy leaf fall in the afternoon made for difficult dry fly fishing.

Heavy leaf fall in the afternoon made for difficult dry fly fishing, so nymphing…

...picked up a few large ones.

…picked up a few large ones.

Several trout fell for the rainbow warrior nymph, many in the section below the reconstructed area and above the water fall hole tucked in a corner between a bush and a tree. Rich pulled a nice rainbow out of this same section. Cardo hooked into one in the 20″ class but snapped him off.

Overall, it was a good day to be on the water. We’re looking forward to the next visit and expecting the improvements to continue to offer up some fantastic fights and landings.

If you haven’t been on a Fish With A Member (FWAM) trip, please consider it. There is a lot of fun to be had.

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