"If I fished only to catch fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago."- Zane Grey
FISH THESE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!! The rivers are running full and cold, insects are hatching and the trout are willing. The Millers is bursting with trout and good daytime fishing will last through June with good flows. The Ware is running at a good level and daytime temperatures are in the 64 degree range - perfect for a freestone. The EB is perfect and you need to get out there. Same with the West Branch and 21 were taken (that's right) from the middle branch with a tenkara rod yesterday!!!!!
Rainfall has been very close to normal out here in Troutland for May and evenings have been cooler than normal and that is exactly what we want. I have some morning and evening trips for June plus full day trips on selected rivers. Email me for details and open dates.
Temperatures on the Ware
Don't think that this river gets too warm for the summer. The Ware has been running cooler (mid 60's) through the day which is cooler than the Millers, a similar freestone. And it holds its browns through the hot, dry months if last year was any indication. There are a lot of browns in the Ware now which will add to the fun.
The Black Spider (A Soft Hackle)
The last 30 fish my clients have caught, on 3 different rivers, have been on a Black Spider. I thank Gary Cranston, the Admiral of the Westfield, for this pattern. He gave us the pattern which is:
1.long black hen for hackle (I use dyed partridge) The hackle cannot be too long. Up to double the length of the hook is fine
2. layer of black thread for the body
3. 2 short strands of crystal flash on each side of the fly by the thorax
For those who fish weighted flies - the "take" on a weighted fly is more of "bump". The take on this soft hackle is a vicious strike as the trout tries to capture this "insect" before it escapes. I love to swing this fly downstream and then "bang"!!!!!
Happy Memorial Day