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  1. Default First Smallies of 2018

    Instead of cooking myself out in the sun on the kayak Saturday afternoon, I decided to hit a local flow and wade the river. The river was slightly stained and had visibility of about 2 or 3 feet. The cool water and shade were welcome. High humidity and temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

    I catch mostly fallfish in this flow, so over the winter I did a little research on-line about previous DNR fish studies there. I located a portion of the river where smallmouth apparently existed. A couple of months ago, I hiked to the spot and got a visual. The area had several pools about 30 or 40 yards in length. Each pool has boulders or riffles and a slight elevation drop at the beginning. The makeup of the bottom is rocky with some silt/sand. Silt, sand, and muck is a problem on this flow. The area certainly looked like it held smallmouth.

    I used the fly rod and this fly I tied up just for smallies.



    Here is what I caught.











    I spooked several smallies that appeared to be in the 12-14 inch range. So that was encouraging.

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    Default Re: First Smallies of 2018

    That looks like the lineup in the Weird Zone of the Housatonic River

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    Default Re: First Smallies of 2018

    I can relate, I've had days like that on my Smallmouth waters as well. At least you got out and had some fun. Your flies look killer!

    Denny

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