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 Post subject: Week-end fishing TR
PostPosted: July 13th, 2014, 9:00 pm 
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Spent way to many hours standing in a river waving a stick. Well not really, it actually was in my perspective time well spent. A lot of thoughts go through ones mind while trying to match wits with trout.

It's really nice after spending a week in the heat and humidity to wade into 54* water at/or close to daybreak. It doesn't hurt that on the second cast you're into a feisty fish even if he does manage to break you off. (Mental note make sure to check for wind-knots hidden next to your tippet to leader knot. The fish were taking advantage of all the food coming their way. Also they were much more inclined to sample my offerings this week-end as opposed to two weeks ago. Then I watched and cast to 4 nice fish doing the snout dorsal tail dance with-in a ten foot square area with another nymphing directly below them. None that day offered much more than a very long look at my offerings.

Today and yesterday I was able to match what they wanted enough to get some decent takes. Even managed some fish on nymphs which I very seldom do. The high point nymphing was about an hour after I had hung up and broke off the point fly and weight. I cast to the same run and hung up again. I waded a little up-stream to change the angle in hopes of releasing my rig. It worked and as I was retrieving my set-up I noticed something on the point fly. I had hooked the first fly with my last drift. The current fly had stuck into the one I lost. Also my indicator did pause when contact was made.

Last evening was one of the few times I didn't have a proper fly LARGE enough to match the hatch. I've mainly been tying smaller and smaller flies as that is the trend as we head deeper into summer, Friday I tied #22-#24. Saturday evening the slate duns coming off were probably #6 and/or #4's. And as they flopped and struggled for flight time the fish were having a ball. As luck would have it I had just eliminated some boxes in my vest and they had what I really needed.

Today in contrast there weren't hardly any hatches and as luck would have it they were on something small. Did manage to dupe one fish on a #24 chocolate dun (Ephemerella needhami). As the surface activity died I switched back to a nymph rig this time with a Sulphur emerger for an indicator. Got one and lost one on some tiny nymph's Formerly larva had sent me a few years ago. Plus one hot brown on the indicator fly.

Had one fish today that had a serious wound near it's tail. Hard to tell what did it as there are so many critters around looking for a meal. Mergansers, herons, otters, eagles, and osprey. Watched a young otter a couple weeks ago go into a pool, spend about 30 seconds under water, go to shore and spend about 30 seconds consuming catch and repeat this a half dozen times. That corner in the past has always produced some small brook trout that hang near a spring hole.

Ron
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