Monday, May 9, 2011
The rain is gone!
"I can see clearly now the rain is gone"
That song was playing in my head this morning, and it would be a great theme for this week! We have now had 3 days in a row with out rain. The temps have been in the 60's and the sun has been out in full force. And wouldn't you know it, we are in for more of the same for pretty much this whole week. So maybe, just maybe, I will have an opportunity to fish a hatch at some point this week.....maybe?
The record breaking rain we have had over the month of April has done a great job at postponing our scheduled dry fly fishing during the Hendrickson hatch. And now with the rain gone, it will give us an opportunity to get at the trout with dries!
So while I waited, and waited, and waited for this scenario to play out, I took advantage of the only fishing spot I could. The only place where no amount of rain could effect the fishing. And as always, it provided me with some nice trout.
The only tough part about fishing this spot in the past few weeks has been finding your own piece of real estate. Everyone had gotten the itch to get out and fish, and this little stream was crawling with all kinds of anglers. But the fishing has been good. And even with all the angling pressure I was able to find my own space and some willing trout.
I used several different flies in varying combinations to find a good pattern. Fish took a variety of flies throughout the week, but the clear winners were a bright #16 orange scud, and a #18 pink scud. The only rising fish I saw were after the small adult midges that would occasionally dot the waters surface. And that did not warrant a switch.
So I am still waiting. I am hoping that in the next day or so I will have a different report for you. One that shows all of you that the spring dry fly season out here in WNY is still salvageable.....maybe?