For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Oh my...there is snow in our forecast this week. Yes the local weather guys say anywhere from 1 to 6 inches depending where you live. You want change in New England wait a few hours.
I have been fishing quite a bit over the last week and have had some good days and some days where they were not so good. March can be a difficult month to figure out what trout will take and what time of day they will take it. It is on those days when success is slow and a bit of frustration is setting in. It is those times when you look into the fly box for a fly that will turn around your day. A fly that may be a large colorful streamer, perhaps a small dark nymph, maybe a tiny midge dry. I looked in and saw a dry fly that I like and have confidence in. The thing is that fly is truly a warm weather one and 50 degree weather is not cold but not ideal for this fly.
This stream has a population of wild brown and brook trout. I like fishing this stream a great deal but it's quite far from home. So my big travel cup filled with black coffee I headed out to try the stream. Perfect conditions, weather and stream. Like I said above it was a tough day bite wise. I had 1 bump on a soft-hackle and that was it. It was then when I reached into my box a selected the fly that saved the day. Tied on the fly and drifted it along the calm side of the pool. I saw the flash of a trout and then he was gone. A few more casts and I had a trout chase the fly as I was retrieving it. Perhaps 10 more casts and the fly was nailed. The fish went airborne and actually did a very good job of trying to throw the hook.
In moments I was able to slide my hand under a true living wild jewel. And in the corner of his mouth was a Cinberg....
Why did this fly work that day, I don't know, I'm glad that it did.