Just a quick post today. Went up to the big river yesterday. Very tough conditions with winds out of the north 15-20mpk and gusts up to 30+. The winds and cooler temps completely shut down any insect activity for most of the day although there were a ton of caddis coming off late but only a rise here or there. The flows were up as well and the water was slightly off color so I decided to try out czech nymphing. Someone had given me a leader and I tied a couple of anchor flies. The cast was tough but I started to get better at lobbing all the weight. I was pleased to hook a few and land a decent brown. The takes are a whole lot easier to detect then with split shot and an indicator. I've always hated nymphing but with a little more confidence in detecting the strikes and some practice with the lob, I may end up using this method more often.
Towards dark I did see a sulfur or two so I cast a snowshoe emerger over a snout I had seen poke out of the water twice and picked up another decent brown. It is surprising how cold one can get this time of year on a windy cool night. After the last fish and the shivering started, I figured I was done. Not one of those great catching days but a little success with a new method definitely made the trip worthwhile.
I needed to wash the car today. When I say there were a ton of caddis the front of the car was covered with them. Too bad I didn't take a picture, it was quite a scene!