After a somewhat long, forced withdrawal from fly fishing for trout thanks to hot, dry weather, we fished last evening. The river is still somewhat high and still turbid, but not so much so that we couldn't fish our flies and have the trout pick them out of the suspended particles flowing by them. It was a warm, humid evening with calm skies tinged by the soft golden glow of the late summer sun.
We were actually fishing for a purpose. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions wanted to put together a video of post hurricane trout fishing to show that the fish are still right where they were before the storm. He was also hoping to get some footage of the proper way to release a trout after landing it. Me, John C., Len R., Jim of Shannon's Fly Shop and his mate Donna, all met at the river and did our best to give Tim what he needed.
As you might expect, not much was happening on the surface so the order of the day was nymphs and streamers. We all hooked fish and managed to land a few nice ones, mostly on nymphs in the course of a few hours. The trout are right where they should have been despite the way the river had flooded the week before. They were all healthy and fought hard - several managed to break me off before I could get them to hand.................see what happens when you don't fish for a couple of weeks? The mind and the muscles get rusty!!!!
It was great to be on the water with friends. There is nothing like spending an evening standing in cool flowing water, warm summer sun on your face, fishing, and sharing some laughs with your friends. Sure, we fished much too close to each other under normal circumstances, but sometimes the catching takes a back seat to bullshitting.
Mr. Q. caught a beautiful brown a few miles down river from us.........I got this photo from him when I got back to the fishing shack. Way to go buddy!