I had a few hours to spare so I ran up to the Quinapoxet for a look around. Because of the relatively short amount of time available I headed to the area near Trout Brook where I’ve been before and am familiar with. I had the river to myself. The water was substantially lower than last time I’d been there about a month ago, but that is to be expected. The lower water really highlighted the multitude of good trout lies in this section of the river. There are few, what I think of as “traditional” or “textbook”, pools in this stretch but the stream is full of good deep current seams, pocket water, and current breaks from all the large boulders present.
I played around with a streamer for a little while but I mostly just observed, hoping to intercept a hatch that would draw the fish up top. Bugs were everywhere! Huge brown drakes (spinners and duns), although few in number, were conspicuous in their labored flight. Medium-sized sulphur duns, smallish blue-wing olive duns, at least two types of caddis, and clouds of countless, infinitesimal midges. Despite the proliferation of airborne insects the trout were not feeding on the surface…and continued to ignore my half-hearted attempts at fooling them with a streamer. I suppose I might have switched to nymph rig and picked up a few subsurface but I kept waiting for the fish to appear. They never did. In two different spots I crept up on a pod of haphazardly rising fish only to determine that they were fallfish (or shiners, I couldn’t tell from my vantage point) when I got close enough. I’m not sure what the water temperature was so it’s probable that the trout were elsewhere. Either way it was an interesting evening and I’m hoping to run into some more good hatches in the coming weeks – with the exception that trout will be joining the party as well.
I think the next couple evenings will be devoted to scouting for some good carp spots considering these guys should now be in the postspawn feeding mode and a bit easier to target. I also plan on making my first foray to saltwater this weekend if everything works out.
How has everyone else been doing fishing? Running into any good hatches? Any interesting fish landed, fresh or salt?