May 17, 2008

The shorthead redhorse have made their way upstream to spawn. I found a bunch fish schooled up in a current eddy on the Upper Otter Tail. They were actively spawning. It's the first time I've seen them up here. I've heard reports of carp making it this far upstream , but never shortheads. This holds promise, as now I have a spring redhorse spot less than 10 minutes from home. I'm psyched.

This male shorthead had highly developed tubercles on his anal and caudal fins.

I was primarily fishing soft hackled wet flies on my 6 wt. Fish were actively taking flies on the lift, which is indicative of an emerging nymph. I mixed it up and tied on a bunch of different patterns to see if these fish were keying in on anything specific. That was not the case, as they took everything from a soft hackled prince nymph, antron special, gold ribbed hare's ear, to a san juan carp killer.

I also caught a few white suckers. There were a few females still full of eggs and a few males releasing milt. These fish are near the tail end of their spawning run.

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