Sunday, October 24, 2010

wooly bugger

Hi Folks, Guided the Lamoille yesterday afternoon under sunny skies and a strong north wind.  Water temperature was 46 degrees.  Clarity was fine and the level is still above the seasonal average.  Did not see much for hatching insects.  We dead drifted large fly patterns that imitated crawfish.  The greatest of all time is the wooly bugger.  A #10 or #12 olive and black or olive and brown does an excellent job of imitating the crawfish population on  the Lamoille.  In my days of killing trout long a go I always looked into their stomachs to see what they contained.  I often wonder if people and the other fishing guides in the area even know how to clean a fish.  A lost art with catch release.  Anywho, more often than not the trout over 12" had small crawfish in their stomachs.  We hooked or missed 5 large trout yesterday afternoon.  Landed one beautiful wild rainbow.  Keeping the bugger towards the bottom and slowly drifted was the key.  Not glamorous fly fishing but effective.  One week left in the trout season and the weather looks good for fishing.  Warmer air temperatures and damp weather.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy