Friday, July 22, 2011



It has been some time since my last update. I have been out fishing, went to Florida to do some tarpon fishing. As you can imagine the weather was hot, but the tarpon were on the fly. Make a good cast and a good presentation and the tarpon would eat the fly. There is nothing easy about tarpon fishing. The fish are fussy about the fly. Once they eat the fly, the tarpon has a boney mouth. It is hard to set the hook. The fish are big. They will put up a monstrous fight, making a 12 weight fly rod feel like a light weight. There is not much that can compare to sight fishing to a fish that is 4 to 6 feet long.
I am back home and back to fishing for trout. The Trico are on and the trout are feeding on the bugs. This is going to be some of the best dry fly fishing we are going to have this season. Water flows are on the low side, but good for this time of the year. For the trout to feed efficiently, the water flows need to be on the low side. Keep in mind, with the water flows and the fact that we have been fishing for this trout for about three months they are spooky, they know the game. Light rods, careful wading and fine leaders are the name for the game for us.
For now the tricos are a size 20, most of the time we should be able to get away with this size. When the fish get fussy we may need to go with a size 22. But most of the time we can get away with the size 20. I have found that when the trout are not taking the tricos, I go to an ant in size 16 to a 18 or beetles in sizes 16 to 12. These flies will work later in the day if the wind the air temperatures increase. We need warm air to get the bugs moving and the wind to knock them in the water.
Spring brook is still fishing as always. Normally we would be having trouble with weeds. But this is where the geese have come in handy. They have kept the watercress, eating out of the way. There is no weed in the way and there are some really nice fish hanging around. May flies are done hatching for the year, but midges and scuds are what is on the menu for the trout. This time of the year the trout will feed heavy for a day of two and then be off the feed for a day. So you have to go and see if it is happening or not. Stay with size 16 or 14 scuds and midge patterns size 20 and smaller, some days you cannot use small enough midges.
We are still offering our hatch special. We will be fishing the morning trico hatch. Meeting somewhere between 6 and 7 am and fishing through the hatch, ending somewhere late morning, noon. If interested call the fly shop at 585-352-4775 or you can call my cell at 585-233-0436.

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