|Somebody is watching|
As I was bring the fish to the net, I noticed that I was being watched. Not wanted to be tangling with hungry heron, I quickly released the brown into some deeper water nearby and moved on. I spent the rest of the afternoon picking my way among the boulder strewn stream bed with only a couple of taps to show for my efforts. After working my way back, I decided to move to a run/pool that I haven't fished since last fall to see what the evening would bring.
Late in the afternoon, I noticed some subtle rises in the tail of a long riffle. I had seen some olives appearing as the clouds began to dominate the sky. After experimenting with the best position in which to get a decent drift among the conflicting currents, the #22 olive CDC emerger drew the first strike but I only managed to briefly hook the fish. This pattern repeated itself twice more before the subtle dimpled rises ceased. Then what I believe were little yellow quill spinners (Leucrocuta hebe) started appearing in number over the water surface and fish began rising again. As I've seen before the fish were actually taking the spinners in the air rather than off the water's surface and it can be a very frustrating experience and this evening was no different. I did managed to fool one brown with a small comparadun but that was it. I tried every pale spinner, parachute and comparadun I had with me but nothing drew any interest. So I've spent the last couple days doing a little research to figure out what I was seeing and collecting some ideas to go back to the tying bench.
|The one brown that was willing to take a comparadun|