Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rain

In anticipation of some expected rain, I was able to get out a twice this week.

The first outing was to a smaller local “river” which was predictably low but my intention was stop at a  deeper  and wider section in search of fish that might be sipping small olives or midges.  In years past, this river/small stream has provide some fun dry  fly action in the fall.  Armed  with a  couple small Adams parachutes and a couple hours, I was able to get some practice targeting fish with small flies at a distance.


The woods are showing a lot of color these days

The rises were gentle and sporadic but after observing for a while you see that the fish were cruising around and not staying in one place.  More observation indicated  there were general areas that fish were working in.  I finally figured out that the best approach would be to lay out a nice long cast  in the general area of a group of rises, let the adams sit for a while and then slowly bring it closer and let it sit etc.  A handful of rainbows fell for this tactic which made for an enjoyable couple hours out in the fall air after work.





Yesterday afternoon I headed up to the Housatonic River.  The Housatonic is known to rise quite a bit after a decent rain and stay high for a while, so I wanted to fish it before the coming rain.   Yesterday was one of those gray, stormy looking days.  The combination of the hillsides now ablaze in the reds, oranges, yellows of fall scattered among the green pine stands all set against the gray backdrop of the sky was quite stunning.  Unfortunately with the coming weather change the wind was really picking up over the course of the afternoon.





Euro-nymphing provide some solid action early with a handful of browns and a hefty rainbow taking the frechie anchor fly (#12).  One brown did take a liking to a small tungsten torpedo but the anchor fly was getting it done early.  By late afternoon, the wind was making it difficult to nymph and it all but shut down any hope of some dry fly action.  Ever the optimist, I did stick it out until dark hoping the winds would dampen after the sun set.  There were some fish working in the tail of the pool I had been fishing right before dark.  It appeared that they were sipping small emergers or spinners but with the strong upstream wind still blowing hard, I could safely reach them.



Notice the olive cast on these holdover browns?

A hefty Housy rainbow

As I drove home, the showers started and as I write we are getting a steady soaking.  The rivers are all on the rise and hopefully the smaller stream will be restored to healthy flows for a few days.  The Housatonic has now doubled in flow and is still rising so despite the wind,  getting out yesterday was a good call. 



9 comments:

  1. These are indeed times to be on the water.
    The rain has helped our small streams.

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    1. Alan - Hopefully the small streams will be in better condition until we get some more rain.

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  2. My local streams have been the lowest in living memory , we are only just starting to see some rain we need loads more. and some snow this year too...

    Andy

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    1. Andy - I've heard that things have been dry over there as well. Hope you get some rain soon with snow to follow!

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  3. Mark, the pictures are beautiful and so are the fish. Who is a good source to get snipe, woodcock, and grouse for soft hackle flies? Thank you for your posts.

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  4. Mark, the pictures are beautiful and so are the fish. Who is a good source to get snipe, woodcock, and grouse for soft hackle flies? Thank you for your posts.

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    1. J Hayes - thanks - I get most of the game bird skins and wings from Great Feathers

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  5. Some really nice photos here, Mark, of the Housy and its fish that took a fly. Thanks for sharing 'em!

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    1. Thanks Walt, it's funny how fish is different rivers can take on different colors. The Housatonic browns in general have an olive color to them when they have been in the river a while. Hopefully with some more fall rain, I can get back to fishing smaller streams soon although I have enjoyed learning more about this river that I haven't fished much.

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