DATE: Saturday, May 12, 2012
TIME: 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM
WEATHER: Low 50s to mid-70s, mostly sunny
WATER CONDITIONS: 0 Units
LOCATIONS FISHED: Norfork River, Mill Dam Eddy to Riffle above the Island below McClellan’s
FLIES USED: Brown Wayne’s Fly, #20 red/silver Zebra Midge, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Parachute Sulphur Dun
ROD USED: 8′ 6" 5 wt Winston LT JWF
HATCHES: Midges, caddis, sulphurs, crane flies
OTHER: Fished with Ron and Kaden. It was only Kaden’s second time on water other than Dry Run Creek. We began fishing early in order to avoid the crowds, but as it turned out, we saw no other fishers until we finished at 1:30 pm. Kaden hooked and missed several fish, but caught 4 or 5. He did an excellent job of managing his line, including both upstream and downstream mends. He had all the fishing he wanted by 10 am, so he and I waded out and drove to the house.
I returned and waded back upstream and began fishing, using the #14 cockleburr, catching 3/4 dozen fish in the film. I switched to an elk haired caddis and caught several more. After seeing a few sulphurs hatching, I switched to a #16 parachute sulphur dun. Casting to a spot that has produced fish all spring, I hooked and landed what ended up being a 17-inch rainbow, ending the day with a couple of dozen fish.
Ron caught a bunch of fish as well, including a couple of 15-16 inch rainbows, and several on an elk haired caddis. It was the first time he had fished in some time, and we both had a great time.