Today my brother and I went fishing for the first time this year. We went to the Quinapoxet River in MA, which flows into the Wachusetts Reservoir. It is a small stream, fast flowing, scattered with rocks (riffles?). The river has stream born brown and brook trout (though this may be a myth), but the state stocks it with rainbow trout as well. The air temperature was 69, and it was overcast and drizzling. We had a blast just being out of the house on the water, but unfortunately we didn't catch anything. I dont think I know what I'm doing
. Ive posted some pics of the river below. It would really help me out if you all could tell me how you would go about fishing this river.
Heres what I did:
When I got to the stream, I tied on a #14 Royal Wulff, stood on a rock, and cast about halfway into the stream. Within a few minutes, I got a strike, but unfortunately I had so much slack line on the water that I couldnt set the hook... and then I fell off the rock, probably scaring away all the fish from that stretch of the water. I kept casting, but in the pocket water, my fly seemed to go underwater after only a few seconds, or get pulled fast downstream by my floating fly line. I tried to mend the line but this would too pull my fly underwater? Next, I tied on a woolly bugger and tried to float it down the riffle, but I felt this was cheating (no casting involved) and it kept getting caught under the rocks. After losing the fly in a tree (an all too common occurrence
I tied on a green stimulator, but alas I had the same problem (sinking fly and a lot of drag), and even when I thought I had a good drift, I didnt get any strikes, nor did I see any rises during my time fishing.
I saw a few other fisherman on the river, and I know it holds trout, so I must being doing something (or a lot of things wrong).
While fishing, I didnt notice a hatch, but I did see lots of water striders on the water. There were also plenty of mosquitoes, and some kind of large black nympth (about 1 inch long) clinging to many of the rocks (I posted a picture below).
I guess what I'm trying to figure out is how you would fish this river (whether you would use a wet or dry fly, fish upstream or downstream), or fish pocket water in general?
Please help a beginner fisherman out, and thanks for the advice!
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