"Soon after I embraced the sport of fly fishing I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish"- Sparse Grey Hackle
I think that I may have gotten into a bit of a rut with my soft hackle fishing. My clients were still catching trout on them but this Saturday some obviously feed trout would have nothing to do with them. We even threw the dreaded SJW at them because it had worked so well for Bill. No dice.
That's when I changed directions and pulled out some size 24 pinheads. One client then took 2 trout in 3 casts and the trout couldn't get enough of them. Now, one of my clients had a 5x leader on that was now chopped back to 4x. Time for an experiment: tie the #24 pinhead to the 4x and see what happens. You guessed it - we got trout!! As my July 8, 2015 post on the subject stated, the need for ultra light leaders on subsurface presentation is way over stated and dangerous for the tout with long battles between the angler and the trout. (please read the comments section for this post)
The Gauge Run on the Swift is now loaded with rainbows which seem to be going through a spawning ritual.Female bows are flipping on their side and attempting to make a redd. We've seen this activity over the years but no 3 inch baby bows are being caught. The area around the Pipe is loaded with everything especially browns. I'm being told that these are browns moving upstream to spawn but they are certainly acting like stocked fish. If they are on a spawning run why have they stopped at the Pipe. There's also a uniform size to the group which spells "stocked recently".
We have 3 or 4 days of rainy weather coming up. Let's hope we get enough.