Michelle was going to walk down into town later on after lunch and do some shopping. So after getting the truck back, grabbing a quick lunch with Chelle and gearing up, I headed for the lower Gardner River to give it a go...
The Salmon flies and Golden Stones are flying about but the fish are not looking up yet. My fellow guides told me that nymphs were working well. I also had a short conversation with Matt Minch, our local fly fishing guru. He said to go with the "action nymphs" that's a "Matt's Golden Stone" and a "Matt's Bead Hare and Copper", so that's what I started with and stayed with for the two hours of fishing I did. Two hours was enough to take me up my local beat. Over the last three years I have been fishing this stretch of river after work from 6-8 pm. or so and I know every hole very well.
It was HOT ~ 94 degrees and very windy. As I started fishing I could tell that someone had recently fished ahead of me, no matter I pressed on. Even with the high fast water I was able to land 7 of 11 fish. I had several fish on but only for a couple of seconds with the wind, fast currents and two heavy nymphs as-well-as an indicator my line control was a bit rusty.
All in all a nice outing - but the heat, Jerry the heat! ~ that's for you Seinfeld fans ~ Doug.
Here are a couple of photos:
|A nice brown trout was the first fish of the day... also the first catch on my new Orvis Hydros 6 wt. fly rod.|
|Later on I picked up this nice rainbow on a bead-hare-copper nymph.|