I was way down river, alone, in the dark. It was hot and if the bugs showed up it could be my chance at a 20+ inch brown trout.
The evening rise started with small planted rainbows rising to whatever was on the water, bow’s, iso’s, stones. Then the small browns started to go.
At the end of a nice riffle was a lone riser, a solid rainbow that went to 15.
As the evening rise faded into night it was time to start praying that the big bugs would show up.
Yes the big bugs showed up. Everything got really quiet as the excitement grew in both the trout and I. My attention was focused on listening for a rise that sounded like a toilet flushing. Then somethings else showed up, my light quickly caught the glowing eyes of some animal, I started making noise and charging it. He took off with more force than I have ever witnessed, it had to be a bear. I took off almost as quick as him and did the mile hike in ten minutes, not bad in waders. At the store this morning I asked the owner if there are bear in that area. He said it was one of most highly populated bear areas in the region. I think that I will head up to the more populated section of river tonight.