A Day of Thanks

There is a lot for me to be thankful for this year. I am thankful for my family and friends for all their support over the years, to Jo for including me as a contributor to this blog, and for all the fishing opportunities I’ve had this year and the fish I’ve caught.

I got out briefly on Tuesday. The weather was great and the crowds were manageable. Looking downstream, the majority of anglers fished the same pools. Instead of competing for space, I stuck to the “in-between sections” between pools. As a result, I fished over water that others skipped over.

It did not take long before I had a take. In the first piece of water, I had four takes and two in the net. The bows averaged 8-12 in., with a couple larger fish present. Over the next two hours, I covered water and continued to pick up fish. Attractor patterns are key during this time of year. Egg patterns accounted for most of my fish with midges taking only one. Overall, I went five-for-seven.

I hope to get out a few more times before the cold sets in. For now, I am thankful for the perfect two hours where both weather and fish cooperated.


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8 thoughts on “A Day of Thanks

  1. Ashu,I fished the lower Swift pretty hard this afternoon, trying numerous runs and water types. I connected with one rather skinny 13″ rainbow on a rainbow warrior that I learned about on this blog site. It was the dropper fly with the point fly being a musk rat body, red thread under body soft hackle.

    Pretty sure I had another hit drifting the same set up against an opposite bank log as the line darted slightly upstream, but then again it could have been sub surface wood. In any event I lifted up and thought I felt a fish, but my line went limp and came back to me without the point fly, dropper still there, however. I had been hung up a couple of times both in the stream and out so maybe the 5X had gotten nicked up. Getting dark I called it a day, avoiding the skunk with the one trout.

    Regards, Sam

      1. Thanks, Ashu! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Meant to say that in my original post.

        It is nice to connect on a new fly, the rainbow warrior. I only have one other left and need to tie up a few more. A new confidence fly which I loved the looks of in the water.


  2. Fished the Exeter yesterday from Pickpocket Down Stream to just past the bridge. A little floating ice but, wadeable for sure. The real question is are there really fish in the river? I have yet to catch anything on that river. Bummer. Nice getting the trout gear out though.

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