Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Greg Price, Jun 24, 2013.
LOL. I was just gonna cross at the other bridge and walk down.
That's the cheating way, I was going to park up on the ridge and hike down.
I fished it in March and ran into a trapper that was under contract with either the state or Trout Lodge to harvest muskrats. Just in the area around the bridge he pulled something like 17 rats out of his traps! I'm not surprised they undermined the bridge to the point it is unsafe and needs to be rebuilt.
17 does seem excessive! But I do love fishing behind the rats, they stir up the bottom and often times trout will follow them, eating the scuds that they kick up.
I believe he was trapping for himself as that's what he does in the winter. He left me with the thought he was in it for the money as his goal was 700 rats each year. Now he may have been working both sides of the street and getting additional funds from the various irrigation districts. Most of the places he trapped were running water in Grant and Adams county, areas controlled by the irrigation districts.
You know, those rats fight pretty hard as well (watched it, didn't do it myself). If you can trap them, I wonder if you could also target them with a vegi fly, you know like they do with grass carp. You would probably end up needing a special permit but what the heck.
It's not the fight I'd be concerned with but the how to get them off the hook.
Any reports on the status of the bridge this year? Did they get it fixed?
I fished the upper bridge last Friday and a sign was there saying "lower bridge closed".
how did you do Bill?
There's no signs near the lower bridge, but looks as if there was at one time. It doesn't seem to slow anyone down that can step over the chains that are knee high.
My! My! you are the impetuous one, Alex.
If they did that, the stars would not align and the whole thing would collapse in a heap!
Besides, perhaps the fish were the perpetrators, rather than the nutria.
Knee high chains were in place when I was there two weekends ago and the east bank support was definitely sketchy looking. But my "stress testing" didn't produce any movement and we walked right over it...
Fishing was great on black leeches for the bigger 'bows and scuds and BWO drys for the 10"- 12" inchers. Unfortunately no muskrat hookups.
If one were to accidentally fall into the stream, is it law that he/she must exit the side they fell into? And, while not very common I agree, it could happen twice, to the same person, in one day... just saying.
And Troutlodge just screamed "ACK, ZEBRA MUSCLES!"