One way to avoid crowds is to fish on Mother’s Day when there is a cold front with stiff wind on the horizon. With the Mrs. in Europe visiting one of our children, I had free license to roam and roam I did indeed.
As expected, few anglers were out. I finally ran into a Hendrickson hatch. Only wily browns were rising. I threw all of my Hendrickson experimental patterns at them and didn’t get a take until the last bit of the hatch, when my fly landed next to a real bug and 15″-ish brown inhaled both! What colors on that one!
I threw everything: Moles, floating nymphs, CDC-looped emergers, and parachute-style patterns. I would say one out of five bugs that I saw were eaten up top. There was no regular cadence to the rises for the most part. I guess there were a ton of bugs below.
The fish of the day was a 19″ stockie that slammed a streamer. Tightlining in the morning produced good numbers. I hope everyone had a great weekend.