Dave Graybill: The Fishin' Magician

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Dave Graybill

I’ve been thinking about Rocky Ford Creek, near Ephrata.

This stream has provided me with some terrific fishing days in the winter.

When the steelhead rivers were frozen or it was just too darn cold to fish with a bobber and jig I would grab my fly fishing gear and head for the Ford.

Well, I am going to plan a trip there no matter what the conditions are on the other streams.

I talked to Darc Knobel at the Desert Fly Angler in Ephrata and he said that he can’t remember the when the fishing has been better on the Ford than it is right now.

They have planted the creek and not just with smaller rainbow. Sure there are some smaller fish in the mix, but he anglers are catching an amazing number of rainbow from 4 to 6 pounds, and even a few to 8 to 10 pounds.

Fish are being found from one end of the mile-long creek to the other. Anglers are using the usual patterns to get their fish.

Everything from Scuds under an indicator to egg patters to mini Leeches and streamers are all working at one time or another.

I will be headed there as soon as I can and I’ll let you know how I do.

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