Thursday, March 8, 2012

An afternoon for wets

This afternoon was a clear warm early spring afternoon with temperatures in the mid 60's.  The water temperature (49) had come up 10 degrees since the prior weekend.  When I arrived there were a few small black stones in the air and a few fish rising.  But the stones never really came off in sufficient numbers to get any fish interested.  This was probably due to the gusting winds.  There were sporadic rising fish here and there but I think there were taking midges off the surface.  I opted to start with a dry trailed by a starling and herl wet.  One brown and a healthy 14" rainbow took the starling and herl in the first spot I fished.  After fishing the starling and herl through another promising run,  the starling and herl, was swaped for a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle and another decent rainbow was brought to the net.   With the wind continuing to blow, I switched over to a tandem wet rig with the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle on point and a march brown winged wet as the dropper.  A brown was picked up in some shallow riffles on the march brown wet and the best rainbow of the day was taken on the pheasant tail to bring to an end a beautiful march afternoon.  This afternoon fish were taken on three wets, the starling and herl (2), the bead head pheasant tail (2), and the march brown winged wet (1).

One of several decent rainbows

The earth is beginning to show signs of the coming spring

5 comments:

  1. Nice job! Sounds like an excellent day on the water.

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  2. Thanks Kiwi - It was a wonderful day to be outside and fish using my favorites - classic wets

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  3. Great post and beauty fish too. Excellent choice of flies. Thanks for sharing. Tight LInes.

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  4. Hey Mark, Its nice that it worked out well. Those winds were something.

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  5. Way to go Mark. Some nice fish there. the wind can make a good day rough. You managed to beat the wind. Congrats.

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