My calendar was pretty open yesterday afternoon and it's been a while since I've had the chance to do a little fishing so I called an audible and took the afternoon off to fish a river I don't often get the chance to fish. I met a couple of neighbors who I recently learned like to fly fish. We started at a popular pool and were surprised how many other people had the same idea! I thought for sure the river would be pretty deserted on a Tuesday afternoon.
There wasn't much going on in the first spot. I had a couple good bumps on the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle but no hook ups so I decided to be a bit unconventional. I tied on an iso comparadun with an iso nymph dropper even though by all accounts the isos are done. I managed to fool one rainbow before we decided to move away from the crowds. Before leaving, I did spot a couple fish sipping small olives in some slack water so I decided to see if I could fool one. I put a nice cast over a decent sized fish in some shallow water. I could see a bulge under the fly but no take so I decided to work another fish. With some persistence I was able to hook a brown before moving on.
|Brown that took the #22 snowshoe rabbit emerger; |
notice the red elastomer behind the right eye
While there was a lot of activity at the first spot, it seemed like the rest of the river was devoid of everything but the odd photographer taking pictures of the beautiful fall colors. We fished another section hard with little to show for the effort so I decided to go unconventional again. I know the few risers I saw were taking olive emergers or spinners but I decided to try a caddis pupa fished dry. After a few drifts, I hooked into another rainbow that put on quite an areal display before ending up in my net.
|A handsome rainbow that took the caddis pupa|
It was so nice to be out in the fall air, enjoy the sounds of the river, the colors of fall, and the company of some new friends. Even though I had to work for the few fish caught it was a well worth the trip. When the fishing is slow, remember to try the unconventional. You may be pleasantly surprised with the result!