Thurs. June 16, 2017 ….. Looks like the season of 18hr plus days continues…. Usually the whole year can be pretty busy but the period from April through August takes that to a whole new level. Our website and fishing report audience has grown exponentially and things have been beyond busy since mid April.
We had all the wet weather, and kept fishing through it all, jumping from one water to the next and to different sections of rivers to stay in clear water and decent fishing. The past few weeks its been out early, because you never know if and when thunderstorms will impact the fishing time. You get out early in hopes of getting a good day on the record before the afternoon heat and possibly storms come. We fish around weather….I never cancel because of storms because if I did I’d have to take the summer off. Its just part of the normal day to day thing.
But the season of long days continues…..always a rub to keep up with messages and emails and website updates and such. Just never enough time it seems to keep up. Guess its a good thing, but I do get behind and play catch up the rest of the summer.
..had a good morning of fishing sippers, sulphurs and beetles and did a midday to early evening float. About 8 nice fish in the morning including several browns in the 18″ class . Did some nymphing also, and put a few in the boat nymph fishing using tunghead TN nymph and my own rendition of the split case nymph, tied a bit differently than most tie.
We began to see a few rising fish around 145pm, then a few more, but fewer rising fish than last few days. The upper river hatch should start intensifying now that we are into the summertime muggy and hot weather, of course thunderstorms are part of that too, something we wouldn’t be denied the enjoyment of today.
We didn’t find big pods of fish rising so we targeted singles along the bank ….its my favorite game because its like hunting. We did well, scoring about 25 fish or so doing this, and most of them nice browns. Its pretty neat as well because some of the fish are in really tight spots, along banks, under overhangs……places most folks/boats pass right by.
But we did really well….pick a fish, dust the fly with Frogs Fanny, then cover the fish with a drift…..done. It was great, we had about 3 hours in the afternoon of solid dry fly fishing. Then we had a thunderstorm and it was pretty windy, things were winding down anyway so after the rain stopped we floated on to our takeout. Good day though, a a nice rain to wash all the salt and sweat off…lol.
I have a guided trip tomorrow with longtime client Dr Jim Kramer and we’ll probably do the tailwaters as well. Another busy week coming up next week with five trips scheduled. Will be a real challenge as we are in the process of settling my mom’s estate and will be doing some work relative to that the other two days.
Have a great weekend….
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