Today I went fly fishing down Elk Creek and caught a good number of small trout, but nothing I wanted to keep, and I got side tracked by all the mushrooms on the banks of the river. Every time I looked over I saw another one. A ton of big chanterelles, a really nice bunch of Orange Milkys (lactarius hygrophoroides) some others too. I had only gone a half mile thou before people started to show up in rafts floating the river. I had fun talking to them, but they scared the fish. I can’t wait to head down again some morning after a good rain. Get fish and mushrooms in one trip!
I should note that I seldom pick any lactarius. Most of them need slow cooked and lend themselves to foods I do not make often. Also, I was after trout because sumac is ripe and goes perfectly with trout it adds just the right amount of lemon flavor.
It was frozen and snowing this morning, but my birthday. so I went fishing. Had over a dozen hookups on egg patterns and a pheasant tail nymph. I actual use only those 2 flies for almost all of steelhead season and usually do real well. Most of the fish looked nice and had god color, but some of them were pretty beat up from spawning. All and all it was a good trip. I kept 2 for the smoker and help a guy get a monster up on to the bank. You could not use a net because it freezes after the first time it gets wet. My boots and line froze up too, and hands. I could use some spring….
Hit Elk Creek, more for a walk then anything else. Got hooked up on 4 decent steelheads but the stream was too fast for me to get them in. Hooked up and got one in, in the riffles but it was foul hooked. No great pictures but fun walk… Still too cold for mushrooms. It snowed today.