Just when you think you have this trout fishing solved, it throws you a curve ball. My trip last Thursday proved that I have some more work to do in learning water reads, and matching fly patterns, with a particular hatch. The hatch was a few tiny flies, which I haven’t a clue as to the name, flying around most of the morning. When I say tiny I am referring to a fly pattern in size 22 range; I know the following phase is a familiar theme with you guys “nothing was happening on top”, with the exception of an occasional sip at the surface once every 20 to 30 minutes. I tried to match the hatch with a tiny Gnat, Renegade, and a tiny PMD; knowing I was convinced that these series of flies were what the trout should be eating. These trout this day was going to show me that they had no interest in anything dry and wanted me to offer them something a bit more appetizing. So the process of elimination begin.
This area is moss covered and always has trout early and late in the day. I decided to give the run a try because I had landed a couple of trout here 3 weeks ago. So with the Zebra Midge tied on and using an indicator to stay just above the moss I begin casting. After some missed fish and problems with moss I decided to move onto another likely run.
I am so impressed with the breaks and small pockets here. This area is the closest I can get to western and eastern fishing.
The Zebra Midge got this trout's attention in one of the small pockets in this run. I missed numbers of trout in this segment of the tailrace, because it was really difficult for me to detect a take in some of the fast seams. This is the type water one needs to master using an indicator to be successful fishing tiny nymphs; I discovered today I need some work in this department.
I so enthralled with dry fly fishing today I even brought my little 7.6 ft. Redington with the matching Redington Drift reel. This little reel is only 3.5 oz. and is 2 1/2" in dia. The rod/reel combo weights in at 5.2 oz. and is a breeze to cast, and land this size trout here. I prefer my 9 ft. 3 wt. if I am fishing nymphs, but today I improvised with this little setup.
The bees were out today stocking up on the sweet nectar.
Howard over at Windknots and Tangled Lines ask me the other day how I fared with this years bluegill quest; CHECK OUT THE YEAR OF THE BLUEGILL