Have been out four times and caught fish on each trip. Two were short trips to the park pond, and I caught only a few bluegills. Best day was yesterday at the pond when I caught two rainbow trout, one largemouth, and 6-8 bluegills all on an olive marabou streamer.
Only other notable trip was last Wednesday, May 2. That afternoon I walked over to fish the pond and
realized that it was in the process of receiving another stocking. As I
watched, I began a conversation with the guy who appeared to be heading
the crew, and he told me at their previous stop they had put in a
couple of 10 pounders.
Now, how many times in my life am I going
to have a shot a 10 pound rainbow trout? And at a 10 minute drive from
my house? As I drove my brain starting working: Should I have
exchanged the five weight fly rod for something heavier? Should I go
back and get a net? Was the guy who told me the story having a good
laugh with the rest of the crew about my gullibility? What the hell,
I'll press on.
Northwest Branch goes under Route 29 at the fall
line, and the stream descends very rapidly through a series of falls and
rapids. It's an amazing sight for just outside the Beltway, and
between the fast water there's some fairly deep pools. There were a
couple of fishermen there including a guy my age with hip boots and a
spinning rod who I thought I had seen at the park pond as it was being
Yeah, I saw some stocked trout swimming around in
confusion, but none looked anywhere near 10 pounds. I fished for a
couple of hours and didn't catch any of them. Oh yes, I did catch an 8
inch bluegill. Not for a second did I think I'd hooked a monster trout.