With the final days of trout season here my wife and I decided to squeeze in one last trip way up north to a remote pond that holds some beautiful wild brook trout. This particular pond is not stocked and the brookies there this time of year have brilliant colors and fight like mad.
Well unlike the trip there in mid September when the fish were up feeding on giant may flies, this trip with a.m. air temps in the 20's, they were no where to be found. I tried fishing deep with streamers and nymphs. I cast to the submerged logs and rocks along the shore line, which normally gives up a few of the smaller trout,like the one pictured above, but the fish were not feeding.
After covering a lot of water we decided to get out of the canoe and try the outlet of the pond, well with all of the recent rain the stream was running extremely high, in fact it was over the banks which made the fish able sections few and far between.After working down stream a ways we came to a really nice looking hole. There was fast water coming into the hole with lots of cover on the far bank and a fallen tree across the tail of the pool.
I still had the black woolly buggerhttp://www.anglersflybox.com/bh-woolly-bugger-black.html tied on and worked my way through the run. Not having any hits thus far I cast across the pool to the far bank and let the fly swing across the tail of the pool under the fallen tree. When the line came to a sudden jolting stop I knew it was a good fish, then unexpectedly the fish jumped out of the water higher than I had ever seen a brook trout jump. I'm thinking holy s---t,I yell to my wife look at the size of that brookie! then the thing jumps again what seems to be about 2 feet straight out of the water!, what's with this trout?.
Well several minuets later I find out what was with the giant brook trout. It was not a brook trout but a beautiful land locked salmon. I removed the fly from the large salmons kyped jaw, and released him back into the stream,and immediately the question as to where the salmon came from hit me.
After landing the salmon we headed back to the canoe which was stashed where the out let tumbles from the pond. Back out in the pond not more than 50 yards from the outlet I get a solid strike, And once again a fish comes rocketing out of the water, and moments later my wife slid the net under another land locked salmon.Where are they coming from?
As we paddled back across the pond and up the flow towards the car we pondered where the mystery salmon came from. The pond and stream that flows from it are not stocked, so that means they must have come from a lake down stream many, many miles. Where ever they came from it was definitely a treat to land two salmon in one afternoon of trout fishing !.