Saturday, April 21—Fishing the Norfork

DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2012

TIME: 9:30 AM to 10 AM

WEATHER: Low 60s, partly cloudy, windy

WATER CONDITIONS: 0 Units

LOCATIONS FISHED: Norfork River, Above the island below McClellan’s

Map picture

FLIES USED:

#14 gray Norfork River Scud, #20 red/silver Zebra Midge

ROD USED: Winston 10’ 4-weight WT

HATCHES: Midges

OTHER: Fished alone.  20120421_Trout Edited_01I waded upstream of the island and began fishing in the tail out of the riffle, and immediately began having success.  All the fish were active, and I managed a nice rainbow of 16+ inches, unmeasured.  All told, I caught 5 rainbows and two browns before the water began rising quite rapidly, after only 30 minutes’ of fishing.  I made it out okay, but if minimum flow had been effected, I could not have exited where I did and would have struggled.  Forecast was for no generation until 1 PM, so I thought I had a 3 or 4 hour window to fish—WRONG!  We can’t rely on the US Army Corps of Engineers telephone messaging system, and we can’t rely on SWPA’s forecast—that sort of puts us on the bottom of the rung!

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