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This trip had been planned for a while, but unexpected circumstances postponed the trip for a few days. I picked up Jamie and Rachel from their motel early and we hit the water just after the generation stopped. We backed the drifter out into the current and soon Jamie and Rachel were hooked up. Jamie, who can cast with seemingly no effort, boated the trips first rainbow within sight of the ramp. Rachel tagged her first brown on the Caney, followed that up with some by-catch and then just for kicks she popped another brown.
We stopped for lunch at the lunch rock, which has been underwater most of the year. The water fell through lunch and continued to fall out the rest of the day. I had forgotten how low the river gets between long periods of no generation.
We headed into a good stretch of water, which if fished correctly can produce a nice fish here and there. But, the nicer fish are particular and if the presentation is not correct those fish do not come out and play. Rachel threw the right cast and got a good drift, technically it was perfect, and she hooked up with a nice rainbow. The fish started for cover, but Rachel coaxed the bow out into the middle of the river. My memories of Rachel losing a large fish, last year in this same area, came to my mind but she played the rainbow perfectly and quickly brought it to the net.
Jamie was itching to get on the streamer rod. At first I thought he was joking, because I tend to like to fish that way and "sometimes" I can try to "influence" others to do the same, Jamie was ready though and we put him on the six weight. Within a few casts Jamie got into a rhythm and was pounding the banks. He boated a small bass before it just got too dark. We did confirm that after dark, every cast feels like the perfect cast.
So, we pulled into the ramp and slid the drift boat onto the trailer. Jamie and Rachel have both come a long way from the first time we fished together last year. Their casting, hook sets and their ability to play fish, all of their skills have improved and it shows when they get on the water.