Fall Morning Catch

This Sunday morning offered me an increasingly rare opportunity to get out on the water.  While the rest of the family was sleeping I packed up the car and headed down the street to the local river.

Fall is undoubtedly one of the more scenic times to fly fish.  The reflection of the trees on the river only adds to the experience.

It can also be very challenging. Hatches are rare, and the colder water temps mean that fish are generally less active and more selective about the flies they chase.

The flow of the river, which was much lower in my recent visits, was now high enough to present some challenging wading.  New tributaries had also appeared,  adding new riffles and opportunities.

My first hour was rather unproductive as I switched from dries to streamers and then to nymphs.

I changed locations and went upstream about 50 yards. Things started to improve. I caught both of these on a stonefly, floating it just below the surface.  I also tried a prince nymph, hare’s ear, and two types of bead head stonefly nymphs with no luck.

Sorry the picture quality isn’t better.  I left the camera in the car and took these with my cell phone.

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  1. Aren’t you glad we sleep late on weekends? 🙂
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