With summer travel complicating matters for many, though, it just will be Jamie and I. We will remember to toast the other writers. Likely, there will be more than just one. There also might be bawdy jokes at dinner, but we will see.
Next weekend, we will fish the Connecticut River Trophy Stretch and stay at Tall Timber. To prep, I am readying gear and making flies.
My Euronymphing leader has seen a lot of action. So, I junked it and made a new one. With flows low and the fish more educated, I am stepping down to 6x fluorocarbon.
When needed, I go to 6.5x fluoro. That is still plenty strong, as I landed my PB trout, a 22″ brown, with it, and I do not recall ever breaking off a fish with 6.5x while fishing summer flows.
Those flies, when teamed with small emergers, do well up there. Sizes 20 and 22 seem to be the magic ones for me.
At blog reader Steve’s suggestion, I will take out for a test drive the Iris Caddis.
I have a new experimental stonefly pattern ready to go. Just in case, I also will bring my fly tying gear and materials. There’s something really fun about making up some new flies at the end of the day and just goofing around.
It’s a special stretch of water up there. I am looking forward to the trip!