|The first brown of the evening taken on #18 olive parachute|
I have been fishing a small parachute Adams a lot this season and it has become the first fly out of my box when I suspect the fish are taking small flies, especially olives. The fly is effective and the white parachute post makes it easier for me to see on the water.
After the dry fly action slacked off, I went back to the truck to get a jacket and rig my nymphing rod. Mike had introduced me to a section of the river that I had not fished before and I wanted to explore the long series of riffles and pockets. Overall, the run looked to be about 3-5' deep with a "walking pace" flow and lots rocks to for cover. I ended up taking another handful of browns and rainbows on a small olive nymph before Mike suggested we relocate before the sun set.
With about an hour of light left we headed to a popular dry fly pool that I had never fished before. I tend to stay away from those areas that get a lot of attention. I asked Mike if he thought we could find a place to fish there. He was confident that we could so we made the move. I watched the river for a little and did see rising fish. After observing for a little, I tried to figure out where I should be to target them. I had to move around a bit to get into a good position but, as darkness came, a few fish started working. I couldn't see exactly what they were taking but it looked like the sort of rise you see when fish are taking spinners. This along with the fact that I did see some large pale spinners in the air convinced me to try I a Cahill spinner. I was rewarded with a decent fish that solidly took the fly. We contined to fish into the dark and I had one final pull, fishing the spinner downstream on a tight line but I didn't connect. At that point it was just too dark to really see what we were doing so we ended a great evening on the river. We enjoyed some great dry fly action and I got to fish a couple of areas that were new to me thanks to Mike.
|Finishing up the night brown that took the Cahill spinner|