Another nice morning fishing the Beaver Tailwaters. Conditions were same as yesterday, low 40’s, overcast, but with a very occasional wind. The wind would pick up for a few minutes every once in awhile and man did it get cold for those short period of times.
I tried fishing the stretch up from the Betrand boat access. The fish were a little finicky this morning through this stretch. I managed a couple bites and caught one on the black sub-mirco midge. I fished my way up stream 1/4 mile or so and really didn’t catch any fish until I hit the pool were the water gets to shallow to navigate a boat. The P&P midge seemed to be the best producer, but it was pretty weak. I threw just about every color midge I had, and couldn’t manage to catch more than one on any single color except for the P&P. On my way back down I decided to bounce a tan San Jaun worm and a Y2K egg pattern. When I was nearly back to were my truck was, I landed a really nice brown trout. Man does that get you excited and quickly forget how rough of a morning it had been when you catch a nice fish. I hadn’t caught a single brown the last few weeks and I managed two today. The other brown I caught was a little guy around 10 inches.
I have found that I need to use a better quality hook on my flies. I bought some Saber hooks in my last batch because they were so inexpensive, but they bend way to easy. I’ve lost more fish lately than I ever had and after losing a nice rainbow this morning, I observed the hook and found it was bent out. I hate paying the brand name price for hooks, but there is a reason why they fetch a premium price. Lesson learned.
Happy Fishing and Stay Trout Tough!