|Late summer touch me nots|
Yesterday was the last of the "summer Fridays" at work. For the past several years my employer has let us work an extra hour Monday to Thursday and take a half day on Friday during the summer. This opportunity has enabled me to fish on Friday afternoons without taking a vacation day.
Friday was cool with the temps barely making it into the 60's. Not only was it a farewell to summer Fridays, but it was a fitting farewell to summer in general. I love being outdoors on these cooler days and am looking forward to the coming fall.
My plan was to move around a lot, to fish big dries and Euro nymph some faster water. At the first location, I saw a good number of isonychia coming off, which was good sign. I fished the iso comparadun and a parachute Adams and had several brief hookups and one brook trout on the Adams.
|This little guy took the Adams with abandon|
It seemed like the fish were tentative with taking the dry. I then turning the Euro rig and worked the same area. On one of the first drifts through a nice slot, I saw the line stop. At first it felt like I had snagged the bottom until the bottom starting heading for the opposite bank! I think it was a large rainbow since I saw some red on the flank. After a charging run into some shallow water the fish managed to toss the hook. A couple more wild browns were taken on the smaller DDT dropper.
|Wild brown caught on the DDT|
Towards evening there were more isos coming off mixed with some white flies (#14), caddis, and olives coming off but not much interest from the fish. I finished up the evening with the iso comparadun but again had a couple brief hooks up but nothing to the net but it was wonderful day to be outside on this final summer Friday.