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PostPosted: June 3rd, 2018, 11:34 am 
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For historical reference. This past weekend was a pretty typical Memorial Day Weekend fishing wise at least. As usual, prior to the weekend at least, the best and most fish came for streamers. Black and Gray Ghosts, Barnes Specials, even 9-3's. The fish like a pretty good sized streamer, less so the tiny ones, It's too early for any sort of hatch so the fish are eager for a meal. And these are big fish, many taken were 20+ in size, my buddy Bruce hooked one that approached 25''. As the weather improved and the sun dominated the day streamers were less effective and we turned to nymphing with pretty good results. Finally after several days of sun a small Hendrickson hatch came off and we had a couple evenings of good fishing. Lots of people also hit the ponds with some good days and some poor. As I said a pretty typical late May fishing weekend up there.

The weather was, as usual, erratic, some rain, sun, wind, warm days and cold/cool nights.

But oh the bugs, a banner year for sure. Honestly the worst I can remember. When you put together the heat we had, the sun, no breeze, WOW.

And finally I fished the entire time with an older Bamboo rod given to me by Ray Stout. Oh forgot to mention the floating smelt was working great on a couple of days, lots of fish smashing them. Tough to hook fish on them as usual. Anyway Ray's rod was probably from the 50's and pretty heavy, a 3 piece 9ft it was ugly at first but once I stuck with it I actually got to like it and used it the entire weekend. I plan to stick with it come caddis time.

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PostPosted: June 3rd, 2018, 5:19 pm 
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Thanks for the report,looking forward to spending a week or so this month on the West Branch..
most years I am lucky to get a few days.

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PostPosted: June 4th, 2018, 10:48 am 
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I'm up from 6/10-6/16 at 111. Looking forward to a long stretch and hoping to see some dry fly action.


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PostPosted: June 4th, 2018, 1:12 pm 
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John, your weather forecast looks good so chances of Caddis starting are excellent. Have fun and please don't sting them all.

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PostPosted: June 4th, 2018, 1:41 pm 
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dryflie wrote:
John, your weather forecast looks good so chances of Caddis starting are excellent. Have fun and please don't sting them all.


Yes, forecast looks great. Hoping to have some Hendrickson's hanging on as well and the beginning of caddis. Man, the black flies were vicious, even with the wind, on Saturday.


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