Saturday, September 25, 2010

flying ants again

Hi folks, Guided the Lamoille yesterday afternoon and experienced a nice flying ant hatch with fly fishing guests.  Water level was below the seasonal average and yes we could still use some rain.  The water temperature was a nice comfortable 61 degrees.  Saw a good number of flying ants size #14 to #16 and they were bouncing off my windshield on the way to fish and the way home.  The ants always get the trout looking up and as a fishing guide I am always pumped when the fish are rising and we only have to fish dry flies.  Also, saw a few #14 olive bodied caddis and a few sporadic #20 BWOs.  Pretty muggy and warm outside yesterday. It seems when it is humid and the water temperatures are right the trout will really fed in the surface column of the water.  I think the heavy air puts the ants on the water and any hatching stream born bug has a hard time getting off the surface.  Anywho, we tugged on some nice trout yesterday afternoon with the prize of the day being a solid 15" wild Lamoille rainbow.  Beautiful looking fish.  It appears that the wild fish survived the summer heat much better than the stocked fish which look pretty beat up.  Off to fish all weekend for trout, should be good.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy