Today I finally took my new XP I recently finished for a day of fishing. Felt real good. The reports for Rock Creek have been glowing lately, it's fishing like nuts, the March Brown hatch is in full swing. Then I got a first hand report last night from my friend that fishes up there a lot. So I set off this morning with the forecast calling for mid-40's and rain.
It was mid-40's and raining when I got there! Perfect. I walked up to the first hole and was contemplating tying on a nymph since it just didn't feel like dry fly weather yet. But walked into a puddle with number of duns resting on it, a closer look and they were all over the rocks too. It was good flying weather I guess.
A few sporadic rises across the run grew into more steady feeding as the hatch picked up. I picked off a handful of browns, rainbows and a beautiful little cutty in rich spawning colors. It's slashes were ox blood red, really amazing. Then some fool with no stream etiquette crosses over behind me and proceeds to head up to the top of the run and start fishing! This isn't a huge hole, it was clearly within the water I was fishing. He just couldn't resist with all the rising fish I reckon. Still, lame.
I fished through cold wind, calm with sun, rain, hard rain, sun and then a little snow. I left my spot and new fishing buddy behind to fish the hole in front of my friend's property. I expected the hatch to be over and intended on testing the rod with a streamer. But the water was really rolling with fish taking the duns that couldn't get off the water in the cold drizzle. They were fluttering like caddis flies and the fish loved it. As did I!
I found one more lazy brown behind a tree root hole that took a well placed heavy nymph. It went just to 16", a nice fish for the end of the day.
I love this 9'6" 5wt XP. I was thrilled with how it cast. I haven't chosen a line for it yet so I threw on my 6wt just to get out and fish it. I'm looking forward to casting a couple different 5wt lines on it soon. I'm also pretty happy with the build. It ain't perfect, but it's mine! I'm most bummed about the cork filler.
A great Christening for the rod of worked on most of the late winter / early spring.