|The Houstanoic River in the fading colors of Fall|
This afternoon was one of those blustery fall days, with the temperature barely reaching 50 and windy. Nevertheless, it was a great late fall day to be outside and what better way to spend it then standing in a river swinging wet flies.
I met my neighbor Mike late morning and we took a drive up to the Housatonic River in Northeastern CT. When we arrived at the river and found a good stretch of water to fish. Soon after getting into the water we noticed some fish rising. I started out nymphing but quickly realized that fishing wets was the way to go in the wind. Switching over to a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle, I soon had the first fish of the day but it quickly came unbuttoned. I stuck with swinging the PT soft hackle most of the day and managed to land a handful of browns. Mid afternoon I switched to a # 22 olive CDC emeger and managed one rainbow.
|The first brown of the afternoon, notice the green elastomer behind the right eye|
|Mike with a nice rainbow|
|A lovely rainbow that took the #22 olive CDC emerger|
I had thought that this might turn out to be a good day for swinging wets so I brought my 12' two hander along to get in some practice. I was swinging a Mickey Fin when I hooked a rainbow and landed my first fish on the new spey rod.
|Another nice brown that took the PT soft hackle,|
this one has a red elastomer behind the right eye
The days are getting shorter this time of year and by the time the sun was going down, the cold was starting to take it's toll on legs and hands. I've been saving a few vacation days for my favorite time of year, and today was exactly what I had in mind. It was enjoyable day spent outdoors in good company.