Fall Streamer fishing!
High Water Fishing
When high water hits it's time to throw most of our traditional tactics out the door. The one exception would be cicadas. Some times there are enough cicadas out there to pull some fish to the surface. Historically, fish are reluctant to rise while the bypass tubes are running. We, as guides and fishermen, usually resort to deep nymph fishing with scuds, worms, and eggs. Lots of food has been dislodged and the fish are taking advantage of the abnormally large food items in the water. High water is likely to end by the first of July.
In the winter, solitude is the most enticing part of the deal. The fishing is generally great because of the lack of pressure and good number of bugs still hatching. There are also eggs about, left over from our fall spawning Rainbows and Brown Trout. This is also the peak time for streamer fishing here on the Green. The three winter months, December, January, and February could be broken down like this:
December- Fish are still spawning. There are numerous eggs in the water and most of the fish will be located around spawning areas, even if they are not spawning. Very small midges and a few left over fall BWO's will still be hatching. The few rising fish will be podded up in select pools. Some fish will be in super shallow water warming themselves in the sun. These fish are more susceptible to streamers and always have an eye out for a stray sculpin.
January- Early January is often the coldest time of the year. This usually gives the fish a good break, though hatches seem to dwindle during this time. Mid January brings slightly warmer temps and the beginning of bigger midge hatches. This is also a time when fish start eating each other. Large streamer patterns that resemble small trout are a good choice to go along with the ever present sculpin.
February- The last several years the weather has been fantastic in February. Good midge hatches and large sized BWO's will start to appear in select areas. This usually occurs from Little Hole down where the sun stays out most of the day. This also seems to be the peak time for streamers. This is my favorite time of year to fish extra large articulated streamers.
Trophy Trout: A lighthearted view on pictures.
Celebrating the Successes of Others
I have fished with thousands of different anglers over the past few decades. Everyone fishes for a variety of reasons. I have stated before that recreation is really re-creation. We are trying to re-create ourselves in an effort to become who we really want to be. That may be on a conscious or subconscious level, and many times I'm sure that many of us are even cognizant of what's occurring. When the desired goal is reached, there is a genuine happiness that comes out. I tire of those who want to tear down this happiness.
The goal is different for everyone. There is a myriad of different desired outcomes. Here are a few examples: catching a fish, catching a big fish, not catching a fish at all, but just being out, mastering a new skill, or enjoying the journey of learning more about the sport, or leaving "reality" behind and just "getting away from it all". There are as many reasons as people. As a guide, the trick is recognizing what it is each individual is trying to achieve and celebrating that moment.
Next time you see someone post a "the big one", be happy for them. Realize, they are posting the possibilities. You could be the next person to catch your desired outcome, whatever that might be. What you might find, is that finding joy in others successes, might be your desired outcome. I know it makes me happy. I have been asked how I can guide so much, why I don't burn out. I don't tire of seeing others achieve happiness. As Scrooge says in A Christmas Carol, "I don't deserve it, I don't deserve to be this happy."
River on Fire, fishin'on fire
The Fall colors are brilliant and great fishing has begun. As the Brown's and Fall spawning Rainbows approach their reproductive cycle, late season dry fly fishing will be on for the next couple of weeks. This occurs almost entirely on B and C sections. It's one of my favorite times of the year. Come check it out.
Watch Trout Unlimited on the Pipeline threat.
I asked Charles Card, the Trout Unlimited Northeastern Coordinator to talk about the proposed pipelines that are current threats to the Green. There is a little wind in the sound so I apologize. Check out the TU site for this issue ourdamwater.org
Check out future dates for the Green River Road show on their website.