Sunday, June 08, 2008

Before the Storm


We arrive on the stream with the ominous light falling into the softness of the evening mist. March Browns (Maccaffertium sp.) are hatching quietly...


My wet imitation is inspired by Irish mayflies, the ones ghillies still use on loughs Sheelin and Corrib... an old fly in the New World.


I throw a gentle cast and yellow glass rod moves the line in a slow style. Fly line and the fly tango together on the rippled water surface... Little trout rushes to join the dance...


A quick pose before the freedom... Heavy raindrops are falling, while the thunder from the East speeds up our run to the car.

6 comments:

Jeremy said...

Vlad,

Nice going. Your water was at least clear, your weather not so threatening.

At 3:30 yesterday I got a call from a friend for some evening fishing...sulphurs on the upper K.

We arrived, got dressed, got onstream and in position only to immediately get drenched for some time. And then some more!!!

And some more....

A few little rascals came to a soft hackle. I got some guff about my "new" leader. That stopped after a few casts ....*G*

Then it rained some more.

I noticed around 5 (could've been 6) sulphurs. Shucks! Also some of your March Browns..just a few.

It was much better than sitting home though!

Jeremy....who hopes gas prices don't reach $6.00/gal anytime soon!

flyfishingunlimited said...

Jeremy,

We were on the same water (upper K), but arrived around 4:45pm. The fish were rising everywhere... I had time to get four little brownies, before we got soaked, even though our car was only steps away. We left right away, so it was a very short outing.

It looked like it was going to rain big time, but we still chanced it... and I was glad, since the light was incredible for taking pictures...

I wish I knew-you were probably only a mile or so away from us...

BLUEANGLER said...

Wonderful report! Vlad,

Great photos! Looks like the streams are already back to normal conditions. What a beautiful creek!

Those are big mayflies... and great imitation! I bet the fish are really into them... this remind me the green drake hatch I encountered last summer... how surprise to me that the fish rise for #12 dry fly. : )

flyfishingunlimited said...

Thanks Mark... rain-wise we didn't do as bad as some southern parts. I was planning on fishing a nice spring creek in NE Iowa next weekend, but everything is flooded there right now. Those are the same areas which got hit by floods last Fall and I don't know how will fly life be affected.

Cameron said...

What a great story...and that mayfly and soft hackle tells the tale! What a great match.

flyfishingunlimited said...

Thanks Cam... The sulphur hatch is happening now, and our water levels/clarity are getting in a good shape. We'll see how good my luck will be on Wednesday.