Anglers have been staying away from the streams in Pierce county in droves as of late because of the high air temps. The water temps have gotten just as uncomfortable for the trout with water temp readings at 67 degrees in the early am and pushing close to 70 at a number of locations on the Rush River yesterday.

I guided the rush river yesterday with my two friends Chris and Barry in the 102 degree heat. Both anglers and their guide were unsure of how the fish would react to the high water temps. I am happy to report there was enough rod action to keep them focused but production was typical of mid-summer angling, difficult and sporadic. Both clients worked hard for their fish in the tolerable, but sometimes uncomfortable, summer heat. Staying in the water the entire time was just not enough to erase the sun’s sweat power.  Angling in the early morning hours in shady medium depth water was the most productive. Chris landed a 15″ brown and a few smaller. Barry managed a couple as well. There were a few misses but it seemed that the 9 to 11 inch fish were the only ones willing to play. Barry then shocked the crowd with a 15″ fish of his own. Barry commented during the fight that the fish was not fighting like a trout.  It seemed that this fish was a bit out of its element, enjoying his new home. After all the temps were comfortable for him.  A smallmouth,,,,,, in the Rush. The first I can remember catching in this river . I have found smallies on the Kinni before, down on the lower end, but not in the Rush. Maybe it is more common than I think.

Mid afternoon was dismal. Once the sun burned through and the water temps aproached 70 the trout were ghosts. We were sweating profusely. Salt in the eyes. We called it good. Sorry Chris no photo of your big one. Barry gets all the pub.

Thanks guys, enjoyed it.