Well, it was a wet day. Light rain with some HEAVY times and a few 30 min spots with nothing coming down. My son stayed home so I was on my own and focused.
I started with the three fly (dry, emerger, nymph) setups that I had ready and caught two bows by 10:30am on the #18 pheasant tail nymph. then about 11:15 I got my first hit on the dry. it was a missed strike but soon after my rig nested badly after catching a leaf in the back stroke. While retying the leader making 9ft again, I noticed a pretty heavy hatch of #24 sized midges and from then till 2pm I fished an all black griffeth's gnat. I landed four 8" -> 9" brookies and had so many missed strikes my nerves were frayed by 1:40. It was awesome. first, there were maybe 7 - 9 of them in a 1' deep, stony, medium flow rate flat about 20 feet wide and 60 feet long sippin pretty constantly unless the drizzle got too heavy. I ended up stripping down to single fly with #20 black gnat and was getting hit at every three or four casts. This was in a light drizzle with zero wind. The hatch lasted at least one hour in the first spot and when I went down stream to find my buddy it had just started there. I got more hits but only got one on and lost it. By 2:30 it was a heavy steady rain, we were cold and done but dang what day.
It had just started raining when we arrived at 9:15 and the water stayed real clear till about noonish. 45 deg air temp dropped to 40 by 2pm.
New stuff done today: observations :
- Wally world self adhsv foam cut into 2" X .5" strips make great indicators.
- it takes one hellofa dry fly to indicate for two weighted wets.
- never got one hit on any fly in the middle between the dry an the bottom nymph.
- everything caught sub surface was during a slow suspended retrieve.
- casting tiny drys to brookies is a total kick
could see the fly, just the take
- heavy rain sucks the life out of me but light rain and fog is so cool to fish in...with a poncho of course!!!!
Thursday - Saturday this next week (spring break for my son) we're already planned and going camping/fishing. Expecting 78deg on Thursday and 80's on Friday cooling some on Saturday.