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Monday, October 27, 2008
By Dave Graybill
Just for a change of pace I am going to travel to Rocky Ford Creek, near Ephrata, and try fly fishing for the big rainbow down there. The Ford is famous for producing big catches of huge rainbow trout. It flows below the outlet of a hatchery, where the triploid rainbow that inhabit Rufus Woods Reservoir come from, and the hatchery keeps it stocked with fish. I have caught rainbow to 27 inches, and my fishing buddy Rollie Schmitten landed one that had to 30 inches on one of our winter trips to Rocky Ford. I have had excellent success casting a combo of the Jeremy’s Leech and an Ultra Scud on an intermediate sinking line. This combination should be cast where there is some flow and enough water to allow it to sink without settling into the weeds. The standby method for fishing at the Ford is to cast an Olive or Gray Scud under an indicator. This is allowed to drift slowly down stream, and when the indicator stops or goes under, you’ve got a fish. This is a catch-and-release fishery that is very popular in the winter months. It doesn’t freeze and the area gets very little snow.