10/08/15 Today looks fishy: afternoon rain, 57 degrees. I know Jordan looked at the forecast last night, and will wake up if only to send a fishing inquiry via text, and then roll over and go back asleep. Leaving me to spend the next six hours to worry about where we’ll go. Rising brook trout to olives? Big water brown trout? Or stay at home, clean the fish/hunt car, brush the burrs from the grouse dogs, and otherwise prepare for the next month?
I think of this as the pretty season. The leaves, like meteorites, burn brightest right before they die Even the flies are attractive.
The usual fall suspects
We’ve been waiting for the weather to change for about two weeks. During that time, the wind has howled from the east, the skies have been more or less sunny, and the fishing has been more or less difficult. There have been bright spots, of course. On Sunday Noviski called with a fishing inquiry. I accepted. And off we went. The day was gray and our hopes were high for chasing brown trout. Aside from a few good follows, though, the only trout chasing were brook trout. We switched to small streamers and had a ball, found a few nice ones, and even caught some on dry flies. Similar stories from the past week: Jordan found a pod of brook trout and had his client work a small RS2 nymph. Ripped them. Matt had a slow day in big water, switched it up the next day, and found rising fish everywhere. Joe slipped down the main and had dry fly fishing for the better part of the afternoon. The olives have been hatching in very solid numbers in both a size 24 and a size 20. There are enough fish looking up, and the weather is warm enough, to blind fish attractor flies in sizes 12-18. Dropping a beadhead 20 or so inches beneath these same dry flies can be very effective, especially through the noon hour.
An olive day on the North Branch
The weather is supposed to once again warm up, and this weekend looks beautiful, and not nearly as cold. This should mean good streamer fishing in the morning and late afternoon and evening, and a combination of dry flies, nymphs and soft hackles throughout the day. The rivers are all very, very clear right now, as they often are. Fluorocarbon goes a long way, be it streamer, nymph or dry fly.
Check out the Anglers of the Au Sable’s new website (www.ausableanglers.org), and learn about the fish farm and what a bad idea it is.
We’ve been thinking about it, and thinking about it…now we’re going to do it: a simple, fun, homespun fly-fishing catalog. If you want in, send an email to me at [email protected] with your mailing address. We’ll also have sign-up forms at the shop on Saturday and beyond. We’re looking forward to making it, and we hope you’re looking forward to reading it. So far the response has been HUGE! We can’t wait to stumble through issue #1!