On Sunday, I spent the entire day exploring the upper Pemi. wilderness with my friend Colby. The main branch and east branch were absolutely ripping due to the rain the night before so we walked upstream to find some more fishable water. On the way, we hit a couple of feeder streams. Although I missed one fish on a dry, they weren’t rising very much in the morning. On the flip side, Colby did well early on using wooly buggers. Once we reached our spot, the action had really picked up.
I caught fish using nymphs early on. Flashback pheasant tails and hare’s ear were the hot flies. I caught many small fish, while Colby weeded out some of the larger fish. He used a combination of wooly buggers, small clouser minnows, and spinners (I jokingly called it cheating).
After I broke off my second nymph rig, I decided to start throwing dries. By this time, the fish were much more willing to hit on top. We caught fish of all sizes but by this time, the larger fish had come out to play. Top flies were orange stimulators, olive EHCs, and black gnats.
Eventually, we were forced to turn around since we had to hike back at least 4 miles back to the car. On the way back, we stopped at a few more spots and caught more natives. Colby caught the first and only stockie close to the main trail. To sum it up, this was a great second leg of my current tour and I look forward to trying some more new areas next weekend.