I know that you recognize the above photo. The Bubbler Arm can be Nirvana or a barren desert and it all depends on the whims of the rainbows. Sometimes the place is loaded with trout and other times it's empty and I haven't really found the key to this mystery. I have the feeling that trout from the Y Pool move upstream for a time and then head back to the pool. This past week it's been packed with fish!!
I didn't need much to do well, just an eight footer loaded with a triangle taper 2wt and some scuds and WD40's. Over the years this place has been the domain of the tiny fly as in size 24 and smaller but I've been successful with 16's in the above patterns this year. The strategy is simple: cast upstream without an indicator and high stick as the fly swings past and then let it straighten out below you.
I caught trout in all of the above positions especially as the fly straightened out below me. Yesterday I took 5 bows and 3 brookies which matched the catch from a trip earlier in the week. I also had the place to myself in the short time I was there.
I like the area around the Y Pool in the Winter. It's open and sunny and you have the chance for surface action if the trout gods smile on us. By April I'm downstream!
I'll pass on the Fly Fishing Show for this year. Today may hit 50 degrees which may bring out those Winter Caddis. Dry Flies in January!!!