Hi Chad, were you at the wall or the mouth of one of the creeks? Most of the Chromers i have caught in years past have been on the drift with eggs or streamers. ...more Hope to get up to the tribs in November!!
Probably ate a few Crawdads! I catch a lot of trout and bass here in Colorado on Crawdad colored lures! I have caught a really nice Smallie and Largemouth both on ...more a 1/2 oz Strike King Premier Spinnerbait W/W blade(s)Red Craw Color! Look at the color of your crankbait(?) If you look at my Dynamic Lures that I posted the top one I catch Trout on is the Fire Craw. We have several good Trout Lakes and decent bass lakes with decent sized crawdads in them!
Shouldn't be full of eggs, browns spawn in the fall not rainbows!!! But there is honestly no telling these days!!! Browns mix with Brooke's hence we get ...more the tiger trout!!! But full of eggs it may be!!! Correct me if I'm wrong but don't steelhead spawn in cold weather also or they simply make their way to the spawning grounds during winter!!! But if I am incorrect on any of this information please let me know!!!
Here in NC the water temp does get down there but the majority of the winter is not that bad to deal with so those trout are basic happy campers!!! Not to mention ...more the fishing pressure is light!!! So it's game on for this guy!!! Especially when it snows I head to the streams!!!
That is a nice trout!!! As far as lures go, I know the feeling!!! I have spent a a few hundred this year on lures and yet I still basically use the same ones over ...more and over!!! Worm, plopper, frog, and my favorite a pearl super fluke!!! Now as for trout!!! I won't use anything else but a purple haze wet fly in sizes 20-26 I tie myself from late fall to mid spring!!! When you catch 15+ trout an outing it's hard to change with some being 3+ pounds!!!
Its just we get into a rhythm and a pattern, and it really does make it hard for change up.. when you know them other lures work.. Theres just not enough time ...more in the day or night when im fishing to go and use some random lures.. lol