Last summer I went out after Wyoming Grayling only to fail, I had three strikes, missed them all, then got ran off the lake by a thunderstorm. Today I went out for a little revenge, the valley is full of smoke, not sure if it is the Upper Green fire or something blowing in from the west, but at any rate it is the first day this summer we have had smoke filled skies. I made it out to the lake early and found that it was way down from last year and the weed growth on the south side made it almost impossible to fish, but I was headed back to the area I had fished the year before, the south side. I rigged up with a small black godard caddis and caught a nice Grayling right off the bat. Lots of fish coming up to the surface making for some exciting fishing, I had brought the Scott G2 4 wt, but that was too much rod for these fish, wish I had brought out the Orvis Superfine 3 wt, I think that would have been the ticket.
I think this is the same fish, different view:
Finally spotted the bug that all the fish were coming up after, so I switched my fly out to a small parachute adams:
Several very respectable grayling...I love catching those things and if you tickle their belly they will raise the sail for you.
Not that I mount fish but have always heard 18" is a respectable mount and anything over 20" is a real wopper! Congratulations on a great day.
Looking back on my trip to the Uintas I wish I would have spent more time throwing a Calibaetis nymph... might have turned the trick on a few more fish.
Joe: I think you are correct, as the Calibaetis hatch died out I had already landed 6-7 fish, missed several others, so I was ready to head in, but decided to tie on a BH Hare's Ear nymph with a Slump Buster trailer and just let the wind drift me back toward the boat ramp with a little assistance from the fins on occasion. On the way in I landed another six fish. This really surprised me as I had caught lots of Grayling while I lived in Fairbanks, AK but it was always on small dry flies, so I had no idea they would be so responsive to a nymph or small streamer.
Last evening I went to a birthday party and was talking about fishing on that lake and this guy pulls out his camera and shows me a big box full of crawdads he caught up there. He had built some sort of a folding net, as it is lowered into the water it spreads out, he leaves it for about a half hour, then when he pulls on the cord the net collapes and he hauls it to the surface. Anyway, kind of interesting that the lake has that many crawdads.