Sunday, July 2, 2023

Morning Surprise


Morning Surprise


  I wade upon the stony creek bed, ankle deep, of Tionesta Creek. The only way to find trout, on these hot days, is to start out early before the heat of the day arrives. The trout will be in the riffling, tumbling water where it’s cooler and more oxygenated or in the shade along the banks.

  While wading down creek, to where I want to fish, I look around at nature and the hard woods of the ANF. The abundance of green that crowds the creek banks is of more greenish hues than one can imagine. Green leaves of Oaks, Maples, Beech and Birch trees, among other trees, flutter with the slight breeze at times. Even the Hemlocks and pines appear greener than their olive colors during the colder months. Looking down creek misty vapors, in a haze, linger over the water where the hot sun hits the open cool creek.

  The sounds of warblers, warble within the forest like a bunch of high pitched women at a social gathering. In the not to far distance a crow caws out as if in frustration, like an old raspy woman calling out for her husband and children to come in for breakfast while it’s hot.

Once settled in shin deep water I cast out a Woolly Bugger in water that doesn’t appear to be any deeper than knee high. A fish pulls line and I set the hook. Fighting it in the riffling current makes him feel stronger than he actually would be in calmer water. He shoots up creek in shallower riffles and then turns down creek with the current. The rod tip bows with the tightened line and leader that follows the fish. I hold the fly line between my fingers feeling every sudden turn and head shake of the frisky fish. Easily I play him and net the trout.

Well, that didn’t take too long,”

 While casting out for another a trout rises within the riffles. I waste no time snipping off the bugger and knotting on a dry caddis. The splash is no more than 3 rod lengths away. I make a soft cast upstream and watch the caddis bob up and down on the small waves. My second cast is a little further out. Within the trouts sight he rises with a splash not wanting the caddis to pass him by. A quick wrist and pull of the slack line and my second trout is scurrying about like a scared chipmunk looking for cover. I get the trout turned towards me and scoop him up in the net.


  While trying to fool another I notice the shade on the water, from the hillside trees, slowly moving towards the bank as the sun rises higher. The humidity increases also and I’m thankful for the slight cool breeze that touches my face from the rising mist of the cooler water.

  It takes time but I make another rise, hook him, and net a smaller brown trout. The humidity increases with the rising morning sun as I feel a bead of sweat drip down my spine. It is still early and there is still shade and deeper water along the far bank. I knot on the Woolly Bugger and cast it towards the far bank. The slow current carries my bugger down creek. One cast my bugger plops within two feet of a big exposed boulder that’s anchored in the bank side dirt. I notice my fly line doesn’t drift to far before the line curves upstream towards the boulder as if snagged. I lift the rod and the line slowly starts to move up creek along the bank. I quickly grip the cork tighter and yank back the long length of line. The line tightens and the rod sections arc towards the bank. I watch the leader slice through the surface upstream. Line peels off the reel spool as I hold the rod at an angle towards the fleeing fish. My grip tightens and I move the rod butt into my gut for leverage. All of a sudden a smallmouth bass explodes out of the water. He rises, full body, into the air twisting and wavering his body like a wind sock in a swirling wind storm. He plops back into the water in belly smacking fashion and takes off upstream. I try and keep the rod skyward to cut down the resistance of the fly line as it cuts through the water surface.

  Upstream the big guy turns and swims with the current down creek. I’m able to reel in some line as he passes between the boulder and me. Continuing down creek I can’t hold him from swimming any further as the rod sections bend deeply. I leave go of the reel handle and let him strip line off the tensioned spool drag.

  At times I get him closer but he has enough strength to pull away taking line with him. As much as I want to get him in the net quickly I’m powerless against his strength against the 5 weight rod and 4x tippet to horse him in. We tug against each other like two strong men trying to get the other across the defining winning line. Eventually the strength of my fly rod and my patience wins out and I net the nice size smallmouth!

What a morning surprise.


 Well, though it’s only 9:30 that deserves a cigar. I take a H. Upmann fuma from my pocket and cup my hands away from the slight breeze.

  For the next half hour I nymph fish the riffles and catch a small brown trout on a wet fly. I fish a bugger also but noting wants to sample it. I hear a fish splash upstream and turn my head quickly to see an expanding swirl. I knot on the caddis again and wade into position to get a good cast to the vicinity. I cast out and let the caddis drift into a calm within the riffles. A fish splashes on my offering and I’m quick with the hook set. The fish strongly fights and battles in the current trying to get free. I get him nearer enough and net a nice speckled brown trout.


  For the next hour I try to coax another but the activity shuts off like lights on a vacant, time restricted, park playground.

  The sun is in full view above as if in a painting of a farm scene. The painting has a bright sun depicting a glow in a blush blue sky, minus the rooster and weather vane. My Columbia PFG shirt is wet with sweat from the humidity and not from any action. There isn’t a breeze to be thankful for and without cooperative fish, I start to wade upstream and call it quits.




Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Getting the Edge


Getting the Edge


  Having worn out my custom 4wt 9’ fast action fly rod I was in need of another. It evidently isn’t a common weight for the length. I like a fast action 4 weight to help cut the wind when dry fly fishing and at 9’ can help with nymph fishing over riffling cross current waters. In my search I found two rods within my budget. Actually this one was less money than I expected and being it is a Gary Loomis American made, I was up for trying it out.

  I’m not all concerned with fancy, sparkling rod blanks and this comes with an un-sanded matte finish blank. The blue thread wraps accent the rod nicely. The fanciest part of the rod is the rod seat. The Flor Grade, Western Style, Portugal cork grip fits nicely in my palm.


  I took it out briefly on the first trip casting nymphs and light weighted Woolly Buggers but only caught 2 trout. The most important reason buying this rod was for dry fly fishing.

  The second outing I was fishing the upper West Branch of the Susquehanna River known for wild brown trout in a special regulation trout fishery. I started fishing the slightly stained chalky water with nymphs but that soon changed when I saw the first rise of a fish. I knotted on a small caddis and was going to test the rod dry fly fishing. There was a slight breeze with gusts now and then. The stream was narrow and low at the time but with the stained water I had the edge with the trout not able to notice me. I was casting easily upstream and also across stream and the rod had no problem getting my dry where I wanted. Not used to the quick response of wild trout it took me three misses before I was able to hook set my first trout on a dry fly with this rod.


 I was upset that I forgot my net so I did handle the trout with care.

  Overall I had a good day for a few hours catching wild trout on the dry. They came up quick taking the caddis on the moving surface water. 


 I was amazed how many trout I got active in the small stream making them rise when there was barely anything on the water. They were hungry no doubt and, which I have done many times before, made them rise!!!


  The lightness of the rod in hand and fast action was what I was looking for! It handled the 6x tippet and small caddis dries I was using and had no problem playing the wild trout.





Friday, June 16, 2023

Sickly on the River


Sickly on the River


  Snot was running down upon my mustache like excessive Elmer’s glue on a kids art project. I could hardly taste the stogie I was puffing on. I wasn’t feeling well and hacking and coughing now and then. The sun finally rose above the tree line and fish started to rise everywhere!!


  For the past week or so I developed a congested hacking cough, sore throat, and went threw 5 boxes of Kleenex and a ½ roll of ultra soft toilet paper when I ran out of tissues. I went to the Urgent Care center after 5 days and was diagnosed with Bronchitis. I was prescribed Prednisone, 2 tablets for the next 5 days and an inhaler. I got tired of sitting home feeling sorry for myself and decided to get out and get some fresh air camping in the ANF.

 I used up a lot of energy setting up camp near the Clarion River and after doing variety puzzles and what not resting I got up enough energy to go fishing the river two days later. I didn’t know how long I’d last but I was going to give it a try.

  I was set to fish for smallmouth bass with my 6 weight fly rod. I had my vest full of poppers and streamers standing up to my waist in river water. My brain was still a little hazy from being sick but I was casting out a Woolly Bugger under the morning sunshine trying to enjoy a cigar with a scratchy throat. All of a sudden Sulfurs, March Browns and other yellow Mayflies were popping up out of the water and fish were rising everywhere. I looked in my only dry fly box I had on me and found a #12 Yellow Wulff pattern. I added some 4x tippet to my tapered leader and waited for the next rise within distance. A fish rose and I concentrated on the location. My Wulff pattern fell within 15” of the rise and I watched it drift inching its way in the zone. A fish rose and in an audible gulp sucked it in. I yielded back the rod and my first fish was heavy and fighting a taught line. I got it near me and saw it was a nice size brown trout. I hadn’t a net, being I didn’t expect to catch trout, and the brown finally got unhooked before I could get a hold of it. I laid my fly rod on a flattened boulder, waded out of the river and walked up to my truck in excitement!

  I looked through my fly boxes quickly and took out any yellow dry fly pattern I could quickly find. I put them in a fly box and went back to the river. I dried off the Wulff Pattern and tossed it out to the rising trout. I caught a couple of smaller trout before another nice brown trout took a 1x long Sulfur pattern. He put up a good fighting battle in the undercurrent with head shakes and body power that I had to give him line at times. This time I had a net to capture the nice healthy looking brown trout.


  I was changing patterns often when I couldn’t get a fish to rise to my offering. Aside from offering them a March Brown on occasion I stuck with anything yellow from a sulfur, yellow Wulff, even a Yellow Sally at times. I caught a few rainbows in the mix of smaller browns and a few smallmouth also.


  There were yellow Mayflies that looked as big as Yellow Drakes that fell upon the water and fluttered on the surface before taking flight again. They were easy to see and the fish gulped them up if they got within the fishes sight. I knotted on a 2x long Yellow Drake and tossed it out under the warm sunshine. I had lots of slack line out and let it drift, drag free, down river for quite a ways. A fish rose in a whirlpool splash and I yielded back the rod and took in any remaining slack line left on the surface. The line tightened and I had a fish battling beneath with body strong power. It kept it’s distance as it circled the river, out in front of me, like a mad bull in a bullring. I kept a tight grip on the half well and my forearm muscles were as tight as guy wires. I had him close a couple times that I could see it wasn’t a trout as it turned it’s body across the current pulling tension line against the reel drag. Tired enough I finally got him close enough to net. This big ole boy didn’t mind snacking on mayflies while they were available.


  Around 1:30 very few fish were rising but I didn’t see anything they might have been rising to. They were small subtle rises at that. I was feeling less energetic and was coughing more often. My body felt weak so I called it a day, waded out and headed back to camp tired and spent.

  That evening I looked through my fly boxes and gathered up anything in shades of yellow along with a few March Browns for tomorrows exercise.





Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Hot on the Kettle


Hot on the Kettle



  The weekend was over and I wanted to get down to the creek where I’ve always done well dry fly fishing so I got up early and had a good breakfast. I figured the crowd of fishermen would be gone and, maybe a day of rest for the fish, Tuesday would be a good day to challenge the trout again. There weren’t many fishermen along the road side and when I got down to the bridge there were only a couple guys fishing. Up the dirt road I found a spot to park and assembled my Icon rod for the time being. As I was stringing it up, behind my truck, a guy and his son must have had golden trout fever. I’m not sure how long they’ve been there but there was a golden trout between them and I watched as they threw everything at the trout. They threw live bait under bobbers, spinners and who knows what else but the trout wasn’t moving a muscle towards anything they offered. It was a wonder they didn’t accidentally snag the fish but they were being good sportsmen. I dipped into and waded about shin deep to give me some back casting room up creek from them. I snapped on a Woolly Bugger and tossed it out there. I caught a couple on the bugger before I switched to a March Brown. It was just after 10:00 and that’s usually when the March Browns start to hatch and come off the water. I hadn’t noticed any surface activity, except for a few small trout taking small caddis, but I was willing to take the time to get the trout to rise.

  Tossing the March Brown out there I let it drift on the wavy surface. I missed the first taker that surprised me but I was ready the next time. With a whooping noisy surface take a trout grabbed it and took off on the piercing. She battled beneath with good runs until her last splashes were in my net. The March Brown was secure in the side of her lip.

 “1 down” I thought.


  I continued to cast the March brown out into the faster wavier current and let it drift downstream in the slower waves. Occasionally I would get one to rise and take it before a bigger wave drowned it. They were quick frisky takes in the faster current so there was no time to be looking else where. The suspenseful part was when the dry drifted in the slower current. Times when I would see a fish rise to it and back swim as if inspecting it under a microscope. Sometimes I think they would actually nudge it to see if it was real and would take flight but not take it. They’d refuse it all together and never come up again after the first viewing. Just nerve racking. But every once in a while I’ll get one that is curious enough to sip it in off the surface. 


  For quite a while I couldn’t get anything fishy to rise. I decided to toss out a MB nymph and an MB emerger. I was just tossing the tandem flies out there like I was tossing two pennies in a wishing well park fountain. A trout grabbed it as hard as if it was a passing Woolly Bugger at the end of the drift. Well, this could get interesting.


  I reached in my pocket and pulled out a stogie to bide the time. I wasn’t sure how active the trout would be under the hot sun but I figured I’d work underneath trying to coax any takers. 


  After the spin fishermen left I had the section to myself for a while. I fished my way downstream and knotted on a Woolly Bugger. Bait fishermen always did well in the deeper slow water the wavy current flowed into. Though the water was deeper I knew I couldn’t weight the bugger too heavy and have to keep it moving because there just wasn’t much undercurrent to move the bugger. The water was clear but I couldn’t see far enough into the water beyond to notice any hazards. For the next hour or so I did pull out a few trout that weren’t too lazy to just let my bugger swim by without snacking on it.


  The overhead sun was beating down its warmth. Looking upstream I could almost see visions of heat waves hovering over the water surface. I was pretty hot in my chest waders and was ready to cool off. Besides it was as if it was half time and the players went back to the dressing rooms to get out of the heat.

  I sat in the truck with the A/C on munching of a granola bar and refreshing water. It was around 2:00 and I was debating what to do. I could go back to camp for an early dinner and back out for the evening. It was at least a boring 35 minute drive to where I was right then and I really wanted to fish a late hatch, if possible, where I am. On my drive downstream there wasn’t a vehicle in sight anywhere around the bridge. It was hard for me to pass this chance to fish the area by myself. With the open water and hardly any wind I reached and assembled my Scott G2 9’ 5 weight fly rod. The medium action was a relaxing light weight casting rod. My favorite dry fly rod in no wind situations.

  Out in the water I made smooth casts casting out dry caddis and dries trying to pinpoint my casts at surface flowing objects. It was good to practice accuracy as I was preparing for an evening hatch. Another fly fishermen showed up and waded into the water upstream a ways. It kind of gave me a break from talking to myself!

  I knotted on a Woolly Bugger for the time being to pass the time waiting for surface action. I caught a few more trout.


  As evening approached I looked up again and saw some big Drakes, I figured they were, hovering above. There weren’t many by any means but enough to get me a little excited. They were dark bodied, from what I could see, with two extra long splayed tails. None got close enough that I could see any color and as I searched on the surface I couldn’t see and spinners floating. The fish apparently couldn’t find any surface activity either. Just yet!

  I looked into my fly box and could only find one big, extended body, parachute dry fly that could resemble a Green Drake or possibly a spinner. It was getting dark and I knew I only had one chance to tie my last fly on. While I was tying it on I heard fish starting to rise. Anticipation mounted!

  As I looked out into the open water there were swirls here and there with an occasional slurp. I started casting out upstream from the swirls letting my dry drift into a feeding zone. It was aggravating as if my offering wasn’t good enough. Time and again I would toss it out and thought, “they can’t be that picky?”

  Well, enough was enough. It was getting pretty darker and there was no moon to speak of. Just enough light on the surface for a slight glare of moonlight. I saw another rise and tossed my drake pattern right on the spot he came up. A fish grabbed it just as it plunked on the water. I was quick with the hook set and finally caught one on top.


  After releasing the trout I thought that may be the trick on a moonless night. Cast the dry right on their face and not try to drift it into the strike zone. As soon as the dry hits the water the slight surface commotion brings attention and they can spot the fly on the surface.

 Wham, another trout grabbed my drake as soon as it hit the water. After releasing this one my parachute dry wasn’t very dry. Fish slime pretty much soaked in. I tried to powder it dry but was no use. It was too dark to tie anything on and I wasn’t much of a fan of night fishing anyhow. I caught a couple night feeders and that was good enough for me.



Friday, May 26, 2023

Hooking Up on Pine Creek


Hooking Up on Pine Creek


  At 34° I wasn’t that anxious to get out and start fishing the big waters. It wasn’t like I’d be steelhead fishing!

  I hadn’t fished Pine Creek in Tioga County for many moons. When I was there the water was high and it was very windy. I couldn’t wade in very far because of the fast undercurrent. I think I caught only one small rainbow and didn’t stick around very long because of conditions. This morning the creek looks in great shape and the weather is suppose to be warm and calm also. A couple guys at the campground said they were there a few days ago and caught trout on BWO and other small dry flies. I was anxious to get out there but not at 34°.

  I sat in the warm truck for a bit but my patients ran out at 38 °. I got out and started to put my gear together and my waders on. I put together my Icon 5 weight 9’ fast action rod and grabbed a few cigars. By this time the sun had started to appear above the hillside tree line and started to warm things up a bit. I wasn’t sure where to start so I strolled up the dirt road and looked over the water as I walked. It kind of all looked the same. I waded into the cool water about knee high and looked around. There was only one other person I saw upstream stripping a streamer in the faster riffling current about 50 yards or so. I started casting a Woolly Bugger in the open water. Each cast was a little further than the last. About my 5th cast I got a hard strike that almost took the rod right out of my hands. I know fast undercurrent can play tricks of how big a trout can be but I was sure I had a heavy weight. He had the 9 footer bowed good and put up a good battle with head shakes and weighty runs. I got him close enough and netted a fine lengthy husky brown trout!


I heard there were some big trout in these waters and I was thankful for this one.

What did you catch him on?” the guy upstream yelled down like a coach yelling at a player on the practice field.

 Woolly Bugger” I yelled back.

I never fished these waters before” I called back, “What’s good to use?”

Streamers in the morning” he replied.

I guess I’m on the right track’ I thought to myself.

After I caught a couple more smaller trout on the bugger fish started to rise to something small. They looked like caddis so I knotted one on and lit up a fat stogie to enjoy the rest of the day. 


  The littler trout were eager to grab the caddis if I got it in their feeding zone. I missed a few but I figured they were small also because of the small splashes they made at my caddis dries. Tired of playing with these smaller ones I knotted on a March Brown. While doing so I heard a louder splash out a ways and looked up and saw a widening swirl moving with the current. I finished my knot and took out line to reach the vicinity of where I thought was the feeder. He didn’t rise again until he saw my March Brown drifting by!! He grabbed it in a quick splashing manner like a hurrying hungry guy at the second pickup window.


  He put up a heck of a fight in the swift current turning every which way trying to get undone. I was surprised when I netted him. He had a big round open wound on his side like he got burnt being too close to a camp fire. I was actually able to see his rib bones through what was left of his flesh. Whatever caused it I wasn’t sure but he was healthy no matter.


 I continued casting dry flies of sorts but it took a while before I got a few to take.


  Just after noon there was a null in the surface action. The sun was shining bright in the sky above and there wasn’t any Mayfly or caddis activity going on on the surface. The guys up and across creek were having some luck, as they called it, with nymph fishing. I knotted on the standard nymph patterns like BH Hares Ear, March Brown nymphs and emergers, PT’s and such but it didn’t evoke any curious trout. About 2:30 I decided to call it quits and decided to Bugger my way down creek toward my truck. I knotted on my bread-and-butter go to Woolly Bugger that always seems to fool fish and slowly waded down creek in thigh high water. Evidently the bigger trout were more interested in meat than snacking on small nymphs. As I went I hooked up occasionally with good battling rainbows.


  As I waded I looked into the water around me and very often found trout just hanging around here and there like city park goers resting from a long exercising walk. There were two occasions that if the two rainbows were blind I may have walked on them. They knew I was coming towards them slowly and just wavered in front of me, a rods length at times, as if expecting me to move out of their way. I came to the conclusion there were trout everywhere but they just weren’t hungry or easily fooled. Well, not all of them! Another grabbed my bugger and off he went like a kid at summer camp grabbing a free lunch bag and running off to join his friends. Only catch was there was a string attached to my rod and reel!!


  Truthfully, if camp wasn’t so far away I may have stuck around longer. There was so much creek to explore and the trout put up good lasting battles in the big water current.

  I was getting near where I wanted to exit. There’s always that thought before wading out to just hook up one last time. I cast out towards the middle of the creek and let my bugger swing down creek. After it swung down creek from me I started to strip it in slowly. A fish grabbed it and I set the hook. It felt kind of on the light side and didn’t fight with the enthusiasm as the others. I was surprise when I landed it, it was a chubby fall fish. I guess they are entitled to grab whatever food comes their way!


Well, at least I didn’t end the day with a sucker!!!



Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Teasing on the Young Womans


Teasing on the Young Womans



  After filling up with fuel in Renovo we headed to Young Womans Creek in search of trout. It was late morning when we got to our first destination. There were already midges in the chill of the air. The sun beamed down upon the surface water through the forest hardwoods and pines like light passing through stained glass windows causing patchwork on a bare freshly waxed floor. We walked down the path to the creek and looked for any rises in the shade beneath the hanging pine boughs across creek. There were none to be seen. I know the creek gets stocked with trout but every once in a while I’ll catch a wild one. We walked up along the bank and there we saw a golden trout, and a few rainbows, hanging out facing the incoming faster current. We went back to the truck and got our waders on.

  Randy started fishing for the Golden and rainbows while I skirted the cross creek shady areas with Woolly Buggers and a few dry flies. After a while I left Randy alone and headed up creek and fished my way down. In the half hour or so we spent we never got a strike.

  We took off and made a quick stop up creek. There we saw a nice size stocked rainbow holding in the middle of a narrow section of water. We snuck through the higher weeds to the creek bank. Randy tossed out a Woolly Bugger trying to get the rainbow to bite. I watched for a short while before fishing down creek a bit. Again we didn’t have any takers to what we had to offer. It was if the Young Womans wasn’t going to be friendly this morning. We got back in the vehicles and headed to the next spot.

It was like driving and stopping along the road at yard sales. We’d spend a half hour or so looking for a bargain and something worth netting. If nothing caught our fancy we’d just move on to the next sale.

The third stop was the deepest hole I ever came across on Young Womans Creek.

  I started fishing at the head of the pool where the cool water narrowed, in a shin deep riffle, along a downed limb and entered the deeper pool. Randy started casting in the middle of the deeper pool where a golden trout settled near the bottom. He said he was able to see more trout in the deeper pool.

Wham! A trout tried to surprise me by taking my offering I skirted along the downed limb. I was Jerry on the spot and set the hook quickly on the snatch. She wiggled around in the flow as I got her nearer to me and in the net. A nice looking native was my reward.


 Randy called out he missed a trout. He continued to fish the deeper pool while I continued to skirt the long downed limb in the riffling narrow section of water. I had a couple of subtle hints of a strike but couldn’t hook up. I refused to trim the bugger shorter and continued to drift the bugger along the limb. Finally I had a good take and another brookie entered the net.


  After a few more casts I wasn’t getting any bites. I just knew there had to be another along the limb. Maybe at the end before the water opened into the main body. Nothing struck at the bugger so I started to try and tease them with different approaches and offerings. It was as if I was trying to score with a bar stool young woman with come on lines.

Here I am, what’s your other two wishes?”

  I put on my best looking offering and tossed it out there like a refined gem under the golden sun. I watched my free gift drift upon the surface like a lost gem tumbling in the shallow stream of rain water along a curb. She grabbed on to it as if she didn’t want it to reach the sewer! I flicked my wrist and she was hooked. She tussled a bit, bending my rod with her writhing responses, but I played her well. She was a fine looking pick up. Kind of fancier and friskier than the others. I admired her for a moment before tossing her back in, there were more fish in the sea!!


  We made one more stop under the hot afternoon sun. The water was pretty shallow and we couldn’t see and trout or hatches. We went back to the vehicles and put street clothes on and headed back to camp.

It was a fine tease on Young Womans Creek!


Tuesday, May 23, 2023

An Evening Hatch


An Evening Hatch


  After a pork chop and applesauce dinner Randy and I decided to walk down the creek, from the campground, hoping for an evening hatch. 


 When we arrived at the campsite on Thursday we fished after we set up and found rising trout to caddis. No biggies but a few rainbows and brown trout that would take our olive and tan caddis.

When we got to our destination there weren’t any risers but we casted dry flies anyhow and made fish rise in the first half hour.


 As it got later dimples and small swirls appeared on the water surface like sporadic raindrops on calm pond water. What I could tell there was a combination of small midges and small sulfurs starting to rise off the water. Not many but enough to make me tie on a sulfur imitation. I knotted on a #16 but many of the sulfurs I saw were maybe a #18 or smaller. There were also something I couldn’t see the trout were taking.

  It appeared the quick rises to the surface were smaller fish. Once I caught one I discovered they were small wild brown trout feeding. They were quick to the surface to grab a fly like a sudden surprise of a popped corn kernel. I guess they were entitled to eat too.


  The water I was casting to was no deeper than shin deep. It looked as if a few trout came out from the deeper water and under tree cover to feed in the open slow surface flow. Every once in a while I’d hook into a bigger brown feeding with the little guys in the shallower water.

  As evening approached I looked up and saw a few bigger mayflies. I believe they were spinners of some sort. They had 2 long splayed tails and a dark body. I figured there was a spinner fall and that may be what the trout were feeding on that I couldn’t see.

 More small sulfurs were coming off and I had many more refusals on my #16. it got too dark under the canopy of trees we were under for me to tie anything else on. We called it a day and headed back to camp as dimples of rising trout continued to surface.