A few weeks ago, Ashu posted on the blog that he would try to fish the Deerfield on Memorial Day. I asked him if I could tag along, and he was kind enough to let me.
So, we had a mini-blog writers’ outing.
Action was very slow for me early in the day. The water was 50 °F, and it was cold the day before. Did that slow down the fish? Last time, on a warm day, it was lights out. This morning, I had to work pretty hard, and, at one point, was one-for-three after hours of work.
Thankfully, the activity picked up at noon, and we went down-river to a spot that had water at 60 °F. That changed everything. The fish were more available, the air warmed up a tick, and we saw many bugs buzzing around.
The big news is that I finally caught my first Deerfield brown trout.
It didn’t look fresh off the hatchery truck, but I’m fine if it was. I landed quite a few rainbows (some really chunky ones, too) and another brown, in what ended up being a double-digit day.
I’m not sure why it is, but some of the Deerfield trout fought like crazy. Maybe there’s something in the water?
It was serendipitous, and I ran into Richie Malloy. He was one of the guys who took me to the Deerfield for the first time, last January. Check out his Instagram. He’s a hunter, incredible cook and an angler on both fresh and salt.
Ashu and I also ran into Mike Vito of the Deerfield TU chapter. I’ve emailed with Mike, and he is such a great guy. They’re doing great stuff for conservation.
No magic fly today. I think it was all about the drift and being at the right place at the right time.
Hope you all are having a great Memorial Day. Thank you to all of our troops!