2004-08-01_RushCreek

The trip was keyed in after getting lost hiking down the gulch the week before. Naomi and I decided that we MUST return to this creek and hike it from Wunderlichs to Enterprise. A six mile hike, no worries, Yeah? hahaa.

We got together last night in order to mentally convince our selves that we could hike six miles in waders in one day and catch fish at the same time. Last time we were on this creek we had to bribe the landowner to take us bacl to the car, which was 3 miles away, on his 6 wheeler, we should have learned the first time around.

We met up at 10:00 at the Kwik Trip on 43 and 61. We both needed to drive so that one car would be used to access, and one would be used to exit. Why 10:00?? neither of us are real morning people, and besides the tricos haven;t started to hammer on this creek yet.

We parked Naomi’s car at enterprise ( the i-90 bridge across the Rush valley) and jumped in my Metro to cruise to Wunderlichs.(the first farm on the right side of highway 25 below the hill) we parked next to the shed and geared up. The sweat had already started to pour out of both of us, we hadn’t even gotten on the water yet. We walked the 200 yards or so to the stream above the DNR Rip-rap work and started to fish, and man were the weeds high.

I noticed a few tricos still flying around, but no fish rising yet. Naomi put on her crawler and started to fish the weed undercuts on the banks. The first fish hooked into by her was an 18 inch brown, but that was the one that got away. The fish actually jumped out of the water to hit the crawler, it was a good way to start the day.

We hiked the stream up to Fergusson with no action. We hooked a few apiece in the creek near the Rush Creek Project sign. Upstream we hump……the grass is thick in this stream, and in some spots the silt is 2-3 feet deep, yeah, hip deep, yuck.

We stopped to take our first breather of the day, Naomi got this one. First dip of the crawler in a nice drop pool.

We both missed some good fish at the bluff, and we spotted a brookie that must have went 15 inches, fish were rising at this point as the tiny BWO’s were starting to come off, and hoppers were everywhere. I had one trout that was over 20 come out of the depths to chase my 2/0 girdle bug, one pass and she was gone again.

We both missed some good fish at the bluff, and we spotted a brookie that must have went 15 inches, fish were rising at this point as the tiny BWO’s were starting to come off, and hoppers were everywhere. I had one trout that was over 20 come out of the depths to chase my 2/0 girdle bug, one pass and she was gone again.

We kept moving, we ran into a pair of other anglers that said they had entered on Hill Road, where that is I do not know, but we passed up some HUGE fish in the pasture section above the bluff, we had dinner on our minds. Of course at this point I had run out of water and had to find a spring to fill up my water bladder in my pack…mmmm, creek water…..The BWO’s were coming off heavy in the riffle sections in the woods, and the fish were all over them.

We hiked about another mile before stopping to eat. Dinner was cut short by a heard of cows with calves that had a bull in the heard as well. Time to keep moving.

At this point we had given up on fishing, exhaustion was a factor, we were both beat, we had been hiking for 8 hours, and neither of us really cared about catching fish any more, we just wanted a beer!!! off we go.

All said we made it back to the car, and home. The trip ended up taking 10 hours to do 6 miles, and we only landed one fish. I went through 4 liters of water and had a serious case of sunburn, dehydration, mild heat stroke, and a rash of poison ivy going, no blisters though!! This trip is not for rookies, i would do it again, but in two days i would sleep under a tree away from the cows. there are tons of fish and fry in this creek, but at the same time there is a ton of erosion going on, lots of silt and a big mess of weeds and nasty algae and funk growing on the surface like I have never seen before. I will do it again, probably not this year, but definatley before I move from the SE.