Fish Are Picky! 7X!!

Cool this morning.  Almost noon and it’s still 56 degrees.  Supposed to be in the mid 60s for a high today.  Monday looks like upper 60s.  Tuesday shows a chance for showers and mid 60s.  Rain out of the forecast after Tuesday and temperatures are running in the upper 60s again.  Clouding up toward the weekend and temperatures in the low 60s and some chances for showers are showing up.

Every day has been a surprise this past week.  Water projected to be on all day, it turns off.  Water not to come on until 2:00 p.m. or later, it comes on in the a.m.  Oh well…..guess that’s life in a tailwater.

Jan and Mike, from Oklahoma fished half a day with Carolyn on Monday.  This was the first surprise day.  We were settled down at Lookout Island fishing the riffles and having a good day.  Jan was catching fish on the big ruby with either a red soft hackle dropper or a ruby 2, and Mike was catching while stripping a nice sculpin pattern.  At some point, we noticed the drift boat was pretty far up on the rocks!  About that time, phone rings and the person on the other end advises that the water had been shut off!!  Moved the boat out further into the water and continued catching.  So the morning consisted of relocating boat then back to fishing until time to come off.

Tuesday, Jan and Mike had another half day on the water with Carolyn.  What a difference a day makes.  After beating the water to a froth and a little while, we decided to go in early and try again on Wednesday.  Jim had Mark and Joanne out for what was to have been a full day.  They fished hard and caught a few fish and called it a half day.

Back to the river for Jan and Mike on Wednesday.  Again, what a difference a day makes.  Another good day on the big ruby with P&P or ruby 2 dropper.  Stripping was not a good technique for us that day.  Had an unexpected blip of water in the morning for a short time.  Off, then back on around 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jim took Bob from Oklahoma out for 1/2 a day.  Bob is pretty new so Jim worked on skills with him.  They caught a few fish on the ruby, P&P and hot hare’s ear nymph.  Stan had a couple of his regulars out.  Gary and Bob and also from Oklahoma.  They had a good day on mainly on the P&P.  The biggest problem was the 7X tippet.  Gotta watch those hook sets!

Gina on the water with Gary and Bob Friday.  Back to what a difference a day makes!  Another tough day.  The guys caught a few fish.  Water off, then on, then off again.  Something about working on a project at Beaver Dam and they needed to run water (not projected) here for the project.  Stan had Jack and Patti out for half a day.  They were victims of the on, off, on water.  They caught a few fish on the P&P.  Eve, who took a two-day fly fishing school last month came back for more.  Full day trip with Carolyn.  Fortunately, we were out long enough that the up and down water eventually was a benefit for us.  Best pattern was the ruby 2.

Darrell and Stan out yesterday with a group of guys.  Darrell took Randy and John.  They had a slow day but boated a few fish on the copper dun and the ruby 2.  Stan’s guys. Dave and Dave, caught a few more.  They stayed with the

Christina - 10/23/15

Christina – 10/23/15

copper dun all morning.  Carolyn had Christina and John out for the morning.  This was Christina’s first time and I don’t think it will be her last.  She caught on to casting very quickly….that is, until she landed a fish, then it was hurry back into the water to get another one.  We all know how that goes.  We’re in such a

John - 10/24/15

John – 10/24/15

hurry to get our fly back into the water, we forget about the casting part.  This too shall pass.  Fun day, neat couple.  Our best patterns were the copper dun and ruby 2 midges…..on 7X, of course!


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