Geoff Klane invited me last night to fish with him today. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I wasn’t able to leave until 1:00. With limited time and a 1.5 hour drive to Massachusetts, I decided to stay local.
Since the Lamprey was crowded today, I decided to revisit the Exeter. Due to the increased flows, I stuck to the bank and cherry picked spots.
I started in the pocket water near the dam, where I caught fish last time, and worked my way downstream. Through the first hour, I moved only one fish in surprisingly skinny water, but that was it. With waning daylight, I decided to target deeper wintering holes.
After working the tail-out of a larger run, I landed two bows on back-to-back drifts. The first was a 13”+ beauty with a deep-yellow belly.
Continuing downstream, I found more bows hanging out in the slow bubbly seam of a faster run. At one point, almost every drift yielded a strike or hook-up. I was amazed at just how many fish were sitting less than a rod’s length away from the shore. Most were small (8-10 in.), but I broke off a much larger fish on some underwater debris.
My top producers in this run were egg patterns and jig-style pheasant tails.
Overall, I went four-for-seven. A great way to spend a rare, warm December day.