For our final day fishing with Matt Calderaro of Worldflyangler, we decided to go back to the small stream where we’d caught the first marble of the trip. It’s a stunning freestone stream at the bottom of a very steep valley, and it has great pools all the way up. At the top, you enter a short canyon with sheer walls about 80 feet high. It’s simply gorgeous.
Things started out slowly, and we took turns getting first whack at each pool. We had quite an arsenal going. I was fishing a 4-weight Superfine Glass rod rigged with an Olive Sedge dry fly; Sandy had a 6-weight Helios 2 with a mouse pattern, in hopes of catching a monster; and Matt was fishing with the very first production rod in the Superfine Touch series, which he had developed in his time at Orvis, and a weighted nymph.
Matt spotted a big marble trout in the tailout of a run, and it was my turn. Very carefully, I waded into position and made what I felt were a few good drifts over the fish. Since it had not risen to my fly, I backed out and let Matt try with the nymph. After a few casts, we thought the fish had spooked, but Matt persisted and cast a little higher in to pool. He soon set the hook on a great marble trout, in the 25-inch range. It was the best marble we’d seen so far and incredibly beautiful.
A couple pools on, we had our first riser of the day, which meant I got first dibs. On the very first drift, the fish moved two feet to its right to inhale the fly, and I was on. Immediately, the trout came rocketing out of the water–a fine rainbow. After three more leaps and a tough fight, it came to the net. Its healthy physique lead Matt to believe that it was a wild, streamborn fish.
We worked our way further up, ran into lots more fish, but we eventually got to a place in the canyon where high water meant we could go no farther upstream. We called it a day and headed back to Kobarid, where we celebrated at an outdoor cafe, as workmen were setting up an outdoor festival, our plans for this evening. . . .
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