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 Post subject: Signs of spring...
PostPosted: March 14th, 2016, 7:42 pm 
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Well at least some signs were showing last week and into the week-end. No I didn't see any Hendricksons. But some of the red maple buds are beginning to swell. The peepers were peeping from mid-week through last night. Walking in along the Farmington some Honeysuckle had tiny green leaves beginning to sprout from the buds.
Surprisingly the insect emergent was much more reserved than I expected with the conditions. There was a moderate early black stonefly spinner fall. But from what I saw not a single rise all day.
I can't believe the number of caddis larva I impaled. It seemed like every time a fly snagged, when I checked for vegatation on the hook there was a wiggly tiny larva on the hook. Mostly straight bare larva but a couple cased caddis both pebble cases and woody/detritus cases. Did see a few midges, olives and winter caddis. Watched a pair of mallards mate and a dog chasing sticks.
Managed one real nice 18"+ brown on a feather-wing. Plus got an equally sized rainbow and a smaller brown on nymphs. Had just added a big golden stone nymph after seeing one on a chunk of bark one fly snagged. A few casts later the rainbow and two drifts latter the smaller brown. Both took a #24 nymph pattern Formerly Larva sent me a number of years ago.
Water temps at dawn 39*, noonish 42* and 4pm 44*.

Ron

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