It's snowing in Wyoming. I went for turkeys last week with Bill Mixer; but let's just say he knows more about trout than turkeys. Here's a photo from my friend Steve Palmquist of Concordia, KS. His son, Jacob, got this tom during an afternoon hunt. I used to live in Concordia and we used to have a ball hunting spring turkeys along the creeks.
When the river clears a bit I'm going to wear out the trout. It's been kind of depressing to miss most of the spring due to muddy conditions. I could go up to the dam and fish with the hoards, but it's not that much fun
The North Platte remains muddy. Two walleye fishermen were kind enough to take me to one of the local lakes Friday. I had a lot to learn. The big males were biting, but not for me. I had two bites all day,lost a lot of jigs, while the other guys caught one fish after another. There's a steep learning curve with walleyes. I was able to land two. But I had a great time and the weather was perfect. This weekend I'm off to Missouri to receive the Jefferey Smith Award for Creative Non-fiction.
Wish I had better news, but the North Platte is high and muddy. This photo was taken this morning behind the Game and Fish offices on CY. The recent storm dumped a lot of snow, and the little creeks, like Bates, are pumping brown run-off into the river. The river looked like it was experiencing another flushing flow. We were planning a trip this weekend, but we're thinking we better find something else to do. Next weekend I go to Columbia, MO to do a reading for The Missouri Review. Pretty excited about seeing the publication.
The North Platte River remains off-color. I went a few times last week and was discouraged when I drove over Government Bridge and looked down at the water. But the trout are biting. We used leeches, rock worms and Ray Charles. The Ray Charles--left--is a sow bug imitation made famous on the Big Horn. But it works well on the North Platte too. I don't know why. I've seen scuds in the Platte, but never sow bugs. I think these flies show up well in dirty water. We used them in pink, tan, and flash back.
The flushing flows are over for now. I went Saturday with Jason Eggemyer. The water below Government Bridge was cloudy at best. I couldn't see the tops of my boots in a foot of water. We used white buggers and some red copper johns to catch a few. Yesterday, I drove over the bridge in town and I could see that the water has cleared considerably. Jason needs some serious casting lessons. Someone please help him.
Well, finally, the weather is starting to break. The river is muddy with run-off. But up near the dam the fishing continues to improve. I had friends in town last week and we drifted the North Platte twice. We did okay, nothing to brag about. Brian Farmer and Dave Brown came up to catch some rainbows. On April 26th I go to Columbia, MO to receive the Editor's Prize for non-fiction and to do a reading. Looking forward to meeting the editors who have supported my work for years.