EXCELLENT reply and advice, Chris! The only other thing that I would carry would be a small, white Rooster Tail (or two).
As well as the smallest Panther Martins in Black w/Red or Yellow spots you can find.......... Good Luck....
I like to use black and yellow vibra roosters. They work great for me!
Thanks for the kind comments guys!
These are all good choices as well, and sticking with something you have confidence in will generally help you to fish better.
One other thing that I have hesitated to mention is that for anyone who intends to fish the river above the Johnsondale bridge, if you have one available and are so inclined, carry a gun with you.
I told friends and customers for years that if they were going to fish there, they should carry a firearm with them becuase of the mountain lions that inhabit that portion of the canyon. I used to hunt squirrels there quite a bit and had seen the cat tracks in the snow along the trail many times.
They all thought I was nuts.................until a local young woman was attacked and severely mauled about a mile from the parking area. Her two male companions saved her by throwing rocks and stabbing the cat with a knife.
The story I got was that the DFG brought in a government hunter who tracked and killed the cat which was found to be emaciated. The DFG officers said that the cat only attacked the woman because it was starving. The hunter informed them that the reason that this cat was so starved was that there were probably two or three other cats in that canyon that weren't letting this one eat!!! [email protected]
The fishing there can be wonderful, but keep a watchful eye out at all times. I rarely trout fish off of the hard road in the national forest anymore without carrying a gun.