Today was my chance to fish with the Spent Mayfly on the upper portion of the tailrace. I was planning on fishing below the pump station in hopes of landing the bigger rainbow, but repairs were being made on the access point in that area so I stayed in the faster water above the pump station. I started at the first access point where I found two other guys fishing above me and I thought I should just move on, but something told me to stay and give the Mayfly a try here. As usual no rises at all; but I was still determined to fish the dry for a while. After a few cast I had my first rainbow of the morning. I continued working the same area for a couple of hours, which was all the time I had to fish. There were numbers of fishermen in front of me working the other spots up the tailrace so I decided not to move. This place gets a tremendous amount of pressure so one has to be on his game to even land a trout, in any of the areas that hold fish. In other words these are highly educated trout.
This guy was fishing too in the early fog, right after I got this shot off he/she flew on to tap into another hole
The Mayfly right where the hook set was suppose to be top lip---this one was really a lot fun on the 7 1/2 ft. 3wt Temple Fork--
The base of the dam is over a 1/4 mile wide----need a dam this size to hold back the amount of water on the other side
Two generators control the amount of water being released at any give time of day--the water here at the dam and 1/4 mile below is between 56 to 58 degrees--notice the white PVC tube, that is the tube used to dump the 3000 trout a month into the area below.
Landed this bow on the famous Zebra Midge. I always have one handy when I am fishing here.
The Spent Mayfly, is just a little variation from the original Mayfly, I like this pattern much better because of the amont of hackle, which in turns helps the fly to stay afloat longer. I was kind of proud of myself today after talking with four other guys who said they didn't land a single trout. I would like to think my success today was from my own ability, and not from just being at the right place at the right time. With all the speculation aside I still had a great morning fishing a place I am slowly getting accustomed to.