Landed six. Two 14″ browns were the highlight. Hooked about 12. Still having problems hooking well trout on the downstream swing. And, for fun, I was super-aggressive with the trout to push my tippet to the limits.
The winning fly today was a streamer, the JT Special. Nothing on other streamers, but trout shot over to inspect the JT Special, and often, mouthed it. A few times, just after a cast and as the streamer was still in the water film, trout would attack the fly with a big and dramatic surface splash.
Nymphs did the trick, too, particularly soft-hackled Frenchies. I’ve read that this part of the river is loaded with caddis, and so, I’ve always had good luck with soft hackles.
I wonder if stocking this year is a bit different. I caught mostly browns and brookies. Last year, at the Westfield, I caught mostly rainbows.
I really like this stretch of the river. It’s an amazing fishery, a C&R area with scenic views, no cell phone coverage, and a great combination of riffles, pools, and runs.
And, loads of tadpoles in the shallows. Is there a fly that mimics them?