It's been a year of less blogging and less fishing thanks to Covid, low water locally and having to be very close to home due to a family health issue that has now been resolved. With Autumn in full swing, I did manage to get out on the river last week late in the day, and despite the low, clear water conditions managed to pick up a few fish.
It was a warm, windless day and early enough in the season that most of the dying leaves were still clinging to the tree branches. As is typical in the fall months here in the East, I saw many different insects over and on the water but only random, inconsistent rises. There were light cahill spinners, blue-winged olives, micro caddis, slate drakes and squadrons of dot wing sedges flying upstream over the river.
It has been four months without fishing in NJ - this was the longest period in over 40 years that I did not fish local waters. And in that period I only fished a handful of times in PA and NY. I tied a lot of flies though, and while tying I do fish in my head.