|We weren't the first visitors this morning|
|The violets were all along the banks of the stream|
The first to comment was Brad Basehore who recommended an elk hair caddis and a partridge and orange which were the flies I fished but the others made some really good choices also. Alan and John went with a foam ant as one of their pair, Pete and his son fished a pheasant tail soft hackle that I jokingly refer to as "Pete's fancy" (it actually resembles and Endrick's spider). Kirk made a brilliant choice going with a mini muddler with a yellow wing since you can fish it as a big caddis or sink it and fish it as a streamer.
|Some excellent choices! From let to right|
John - black foam ant and an Ausable Bomber
Alan - Jassid and a black foam ant
Mark - green elk hair caddis and a partridge and orange
Kirk - mini muddler and a Queen of the waters
I will leave the details and observations to Alan to report but it was a magnificent day spring day following a refreshing evening of showers and the water level was perfect and an ideal 56 degrees. I've only fished this particular stream twice so I wasn't all that familiar with the water but I knew that it can produce some sizable and strong brook trout. Over the course of the morning, I was fortunately to bring 5 gorgeous brook trout to hand on a single fly (green elk hair caddis #14).
|My first brook trout of the day on the elk hair caddis|
All the fish I caught and three that I briefly connected with were all holding in a gentle riffle from 1 to 3 ft in depth. At one point I was walking along the bank and saw a very deep pool full of brook trout that I obviously spooked with a clumsy approach. When they settled down I could see a couple trout that were in the >12" class holding close to the bottom. It would take something heavy to get the fly down to them in that pool provided that you could approach it without spooking them!
Runs like the one pictured above usually produced a brook trout on two. I brought one to hand that was sitting between the main current running along the bank and a smaller flow coming in from the lower right of the picture. A larger trout was briefly hooked at the lower end of the run just in front of the overhanging bush.
The last fish of the morning for me came from the run along the bank above. You can see some submerged wood tight against the bank. This run is less that 12 inches deep and might easily be overlooked but on the first drift a brook trout came up and briefly took the fly. After re-positioning myself, another drift a few inches off the bank brought the last beautiful brook trout to hand.
Finally, thanks are in order to Alan for organizing a great morning and providing a wonderful lunch to follow. I'm pretty sure I can speak for everyone in saying the first 2 fly event was a huge success. Maybe next time we can up the challenge a bit and fish only one fly!