Thursday, May 22, 2014

drifting and casting meat and potatoes

Hi Folks, Guided a full day on the Lamoille yesterday floating in my canoe from Morrisville to Johnson.  Beautiful spring day with partly sunny skies and really no wind to speak of.  Water temperature was 58 to 60 degrees.  The level of the river is right around the seasonal average.  Lots of insect activity yestereday with #14 Hendrickon duns emerging as well as spinners at dusk.  A large number of #14 olive bodied caddis hatching and egg laying at dusk as well as a few #12 stone flies.  We witnessed 4 rising fish all day they were not steady risers.  We resorted to casting a 6wt. rigged with a 220grain sinking tip attache to a lerge #8 root beer bodied tungsten cone headed muddler minnow.  We landed 7 rainbow on this rig and prompted a lot of other follows.  Not pretty casting, but effective in fishing big deep pools and keeping the fly in the zone.  Mostly stocked rainbows yesterday as the river is now full of them.  We also resorted to swing a #14 Hendrickosn nymph and #16 olive wire caddis at days end had a great success hooking fish.   Lots of fun yesterday and off to chase pike this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy