You are looking at what may be my favorite dry fly water on the Millers River. Look at the photo! The first thing you can see is that it is NOT early Spring after the stocking truck has left. The foliage is in full summer bloom. It's also not October with leaves falling after the stocking truck has left again. It's high Summer!! This is the time that the "old masters" waited for. They were not ready to flog the water on a freestone at mid day because your chances of success were limited. They waited for "things" to happen on their streams. Shade begins to settle on the water which makes the insects more active and in turn the trout become more active. Water temperature drops, not by much, but enough to start the feeding cycle again.
The Upper Trestle PoolLook at the photo again! Notice that the RIGHT side of this Pool is in the shade on hot, sunny day in July. I'ts only about 6:30 and almost a 1/3 of that pool is in the shade. By 7:30 half of the pool will be shaded and browns will be beginning to rise.
Don't worry about the correct pattern. A size 14 or 16 comparadun in tan will do it all!
If you can force yourself to stay out beyond 8:30 you may have dry fly action that you can dream about on a cold, wet February night!!! Like right now!!!
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