We are now shifting into Summer mode and that means a shift in tactics which could reward you with the best fishing of the season. I'm not talking about abandoning the freestone (natural) rivers and packing into the tailwaters like sardines but staying on the freestones. I'm not talking about fishing the same time of day that you fished in April and May but fishing early evening into dusk through July and August. It's the evening rise, that enchanted time that has been in our pastime's literature for over a century. It's that time when the sun sinks behind the hills, the air begins to cool, the shadows hit the water AND THE TROUT BEGIN TO RISE. In decades of fishing the Millers and the EB the BEST fishing for me has not been in the Spring over freshly stocked trout or in the Fall over freshly stocked trout but on Summer evenings over browns that have wised up and just loved to work the surface for emerging insects. And I have pretty much had these rivers to myself as many fly fishers spent their banking hours on the Swift and the Farmington asking permission to fish close to someone. Not my game for sure!!!
It takes a shift of habit to make this work. Living close to good natural rivers is a bonus but if you plan to play hookey for a full day by going miles to find a tailwater try leaving work by late afternoon and heading to a freestone and getting there by 6pm. Work soft hackles and other emergers OR a large terrestrial until you begin to see rising trout and then switch to an appropriate surface pattern. Following a dry in the low light of a summer evening dusk as it floats among surface working fish is a RUSH. Seeing that fly TAKEN in an almost casual manner can't be described!!!
Don't follow the newbee advice that you need to fish a 2 weight with dries. 4 and 5 weights are all you need. It's all I need.
After a evening of this fishing your ride home will be sublime and you will be planning the next event. Do what the great fly fishers did BEFORE they built tail waters: they fished the Evening Rise from June through August!!
The rivers are perfect including the Millers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This early weekend will have some cool morning temperatures on the Millers and the EB and you should do well through the morning hours. Then hit the rivers in the evening and hit them all summer long at that time!!
I can also take you there!!!