Sunday, March 11, 2012
Marching into Spring
By Sunday morning the Rocky River was in prime shape and the spawners were very busy before dawn. I knew the warmer weather would bring out a crowd, but thankfully no one else was out thanks to the clocks leaping ahead. I concentrated on fish holding in a tail out away from the beds and landed a long, spent female on a pink egg. I lost a few others before calling it a morning. As expected, the warmer weather brought about out a big crowd. About 10 guys were stacked shoulder to shoulder on the East Branch as I drove south. Spawning steelhead definitely spawn a ton of anglers willing to crowd into a tight spot. From now on I'll be fishing early or late and going for very long walks in search of quiet water.