Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Fine Day

My buddy Aaron and I logged some hours on the river today in preparation for our annual Opening Day camping trip later this week. The water flow has come down quite a bit from the last time I fished here, but it wasn't low by any means. The surface temperature was steadily rising, with a high of 49 at lunch time.  A healthy amount of blue wing olives were popping off in the afternoon, but not many trout are looking up yet. The river was extremely crowded and high winds made getting quality drifts difficult at times. Other than an unpleasant encounter with a fellow angler with poor stream-etiquette, it was a great outing. We did quite a bit of seining and fly changing today before eventually settling into a nice groove. A few different subsurface presentations worked well, with yarn indicator and European nymphing being the most productive.  Woven golden stone patterns and STDs both fooled large, quality brown trout. It felt great connecting with some nice fish on my own flies.  It's the best way to build confidence in patterns. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for our upcoming trip.  For now, it's back to the vise.

Photo credit: Aaron Swanson

Photo credit: Aaron Swanson

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