It was time again for the annual Bugger Hatch. The time of year right after the big thaw, and raging chocolate milk flows, when the water temps tick up and the troutz starting getting their feed-bag on.
Mixed results this time around; plenty fish seen feeding both on the surface with a good BWO hatch around 1pm, and below surface grabs on my #8 buggers with force. The weather was perfect – 56º F, overcast skies, and dying wind. The “mixed” part came in my inability to keep fish hooked up. Almost every good cut and run produced a strike on the first or second swing, and I was consistent in farming them all, minus a few here and there.
One highlight was hooking up with a couple River Redhorses who gave spirited fights. A mixed bag of brookies, browns, and Redhorse always makes the outing more memorable. The heavy flows from the previous week also washed down more remains of the brutal winter – at least two deer carcass where spotted. Overall, a good day on the river.
Today I’ll go look for carp and drums a mile from my house, down by the other river. THE river. Tonight I’ll get after some drawing and painting.
Tight Lines and High Horns amigos.