My friends and other hikers around were excited to see the next fish caught. Everyone walking by was just as excited as me to discover there were fish in this river, and they all wanted to see a fish up close. A few kids in particular hung out for a little while in hopes of seeing a fish, and I didn’t disappoint.
A small fish was caught in no time, and I pointed out all the features of a redband rainbow trout.
“The eyes are the coolest...” I said, “the parr marks go up along the body past the eyes”. I stopped and pointed at the side of the fish up to its eyes. “See the pupil?” I asked. “Now look at the dots on either side of the pupil...” I pointed them out, “Cool, huh?” The boys nodded, and their mom came to have a closer look before I placed the fish back in the water.
By now I had quite the crowd of people watching. The pico ant I had tied on was working its charm. As soon as the ant hit the water, the little fish would charge at it with such ferocity, causing them to shoot out of the water and completely miss the fly. The little splashes and leaping fish put on quite a show.
Both Nagger and Stephanie found a trail to continue their hike, while Jason stayed to watch me catch fish.