|Got a few of these.|
The olives are pretty much late this year, so the only game is small midges in the morning and later in the day, some caddis also small, and the errant stone fly which is slowly but surely dwindling to nothing.
|Head shot with the Rock Candy Larva in the mug. Nom Nom Nom|
So, what does that mean? You guessed it, I got a bit of water time. Learning from a close friend who is handy with the thermometer, I found out the temps are starting to touch 41-42 in the TMA. Being the venturesome soul that I am, I braved the 15-20 mph gusts and fished a pair of weighted nymphs today, in what some might deem "The French Style" of nymphing. I think the name is a bit ridiculous, but that's a topic for another day.
|A bunch of these guys today....|
I roll the dice and target some medium depth lies, places that I have been having great difficulty pulling fish out of in the last few months. The gusts of wind forced me to use some flies much heavier than what I would typically use, but hey that's called improvising. Started out at 9:00 AM, by 10:30 I had 7 nice fish in hand out of a spot the size of a small Volkswagen, and maybe 18-24 inches deep at best. Even though 5 out of the 7 were what I think fairly newer Rainbows to the system, I did manage 2 very nice holdover browns, one with an orange elastomer by the left eye, and the other without.
|Lots of these flying around today.|
Realizing that an abundance of stockies as I like to call them, could be nothing short of a fluke I decided to try elsewhere before I got a little too comfortable. The next run I hit I managed to pull a couple more stocker rainbows, and a couple more nice buttery browns. All on some fairly large nymphs mind you. Although I didn't see olives, I did see many caddis, a few stones and a blanket midge hatch.
|One of the better red sides...|
|Another nice holdover brown|
|Looks Like this guy's had a rough winter|