It was Friday morning and I had to beat the rain. It rained that night and continued to rain on the ride to the Ware but the river was still manageable and seemed to be behaving itself for the few hours that I was there.
Rain has a tendency to knock down fly hatches but I knew that the Ephemerella Genus would be trying to find a reason to be active so on went a Hendrickson style soft hackle in a size 12 which resulted in hook ups and a good brookie. Next I pushed the bar a bit and threw on a size 8 soft hackle in stonefly colors with more hits and two more trout (bows).
The rain began to win the battle when I threw on a short shank marabou streamer and made a short high stick upstream presentation which resulted in a vicious strike and a major upstream run followed by a downstream reel screaming run downstream. Finally the 20+ inch bow was in the net and quickly released.
And then It poured!!!
This week's weather may not be as bad as it looks. It's true that we will not have sunny days until around May 17 (that's right) but the rainfall for this week in central New England will be on the order of a 1/4 inch through Friday. That will allow these rivers to come down. If you can make it out this week then do it.
Please check the comments section of my previous post if you found a fly box in the Bears Den or a rod and reel on the Swift. The owners are waiting!!
One year ago, May 9th to be exact, I wrote about a reduced bugger in which I threw out all the heavy chenille and dense hackles and reduced this fly to it's basic elements. A friend said that it looked like a real insect. The fly is also tied on size 10 and 12 streamer hooks with or without weight and the unweighted version is something you want when the damsel flies are hatching.
Sunday morning on the Swift saw some at the Pipe fishing over lots of fish and catching some. We went upstream and caught a brown that showed itself with a subtle rise. No need to rush that placid section below the gauge. We got it on a #18 pheasant tail after slowly working downstream. Next we were at the tree pool when we saw some two soft rises and then took one on a deftly drifted #18 grouse and flash. Again, the bow took sooooo gently as the SH rose in the current imitating an emerging mayfly. Two good trout under spooky conditions. My client earned his stripes!!!
Stiil have some June evening 3 hour trips!!!