Fly fishing puzzles, and early season searching.

26 Apr

The water has come up and gone back down. Things are starting to return to normal this spring with the exception of the fish. Where the heck are they? Of course this is a rhetorical question. The fish are where they always are, in the water. I think the real question I keep asking is why can’t I see them.

Compared with last year, when fish were everywhere and the water was low, this year seems to be fish free. Last years run-off non-existant. This must have been a contributing factor to last year’s drought. It was blissful early spring fishing. The water warmed early, the bugs were ever present, and the rises were easy to spot.

This year the water is still up a turbid foot. Not milky or completely black but stained more than the standard ten feet of visibility. Add the increase in current and I can’t see the rises or the fish in my local stream.

The Plan:

Wet swing a bead head black woolly bugger and a silver butcher through the larger pools and try to get a hit. It will be quick moving fishing tomorrow on my search and record mission. I do plan on hitting a few different types of river structure like riffles and some fallen trees and sunlit banks.  Those fish are somewhere.

I will continue to look for bugs and rises. There should be a hatch of size 14 grey caddis in a few days. And if I start to see splashy rises I will try a sparkle pupa emerger that was the ticket for big guys last spring. But this definitely isn’t last spring.

What is working for you guys this time of year?

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