Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 68: Chaco-Fishing

A black crappie from the Rahway River.

When: Tuesday, July 19th, from 6pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Rahway River
What: Stream walking and fishing with small Rapalas
Weather: Hot day. 90-degrees. Partly Cloudy. 5mph S wind.
Moon: Waning. 6 days past full.
Water Conditions: River was low and fairly clear.

Probably the best thing to come out of my days as a misguided, festival-going vagrant is my pair of Chacos. Yes, that's correct, the preferred footwear of environmentalists and activists serve as incredibly functional footwear for a variety of fishing applications.

What would they think?

The best time to strap-on your Chacos, aside from when you're about to dive into a dumpster to grab hold of a  half-eaten veggie burrito, is when stream conditions are low during the summer. For water that's past my knees, a good pair of wading boots is tough to beat, but when looking for deeper pools in a river that is mostly 6-inches of liquid or less, Chacos do a stellar job.

I knew these were the conditions of the Rahway River, seeing as I was there about a week ago and that there hasn't been any solid rain since then. I walked a good stretch of the river, and after picking away at a few sunnies, I caught a crappie as I was about to head home.

For anyone who has never set foot in a river or stream without waders, this is the perfect time of year, given that no recent downpours raise the river level. The Delaware is primed for smallmouth right now and taking a walk and casting into the deeper holes is almost a sure way to catch them.

Any kind of wading boots or water shoes will do the trick, but if you happen to have a pair of Chacos sitting underneath your pile of tie-dye shirts and burlap hoodies, I highly recommend taking them out of retirement.

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