This report starts like most of the others. Alarm sounds at 5am and the eventful day begins. First with a 30 minute drive to meet up with some good friends, then we travel another hour and 20 minutes to reach our fishing destination. Apon arrival, with our excitement at a peak, we then get dressed and prepare for our day on the water. With temperatures in the mid-thirties and it being April 7th, these conditions could be a blessing or a curse.Only time would tell.
The Savage River was looking fantastic with flows in the 60’s, nearly perfect, and the water was gin clear. Again, the only problem was that the air temps were in the mid-thirties. There were some rising fish, although very sporatic, they were eating midges off the top. There were billions of midges hovering over the water from the start. The fish were doing alot of looking though, which told me they have been getting pressured. In other words, we were doing alot of fishing versus catching. Then comes 1pm and the blue quills began hatching. The rising turned into a frenzy, and this guy only picked up one fish all day on the Savage part of the trip. Now Nate picked up one on a midge, just prior to the hatch. That is worth mentioning due to the fact that it was his first on the Savage…period…in three trips. That fish was much deserved. Now for the lesson of the day. Never assume and always look closely at your insects flying around. I screwed this easy fish catching chance up terribly. I called it as a BWO hatch…not a blue quill hatch. Stupid mistake that cost us quite possibly a few fish. Note to self, if you call it a BWO hatch and you throw multiple patterns for a very prolonged period of time with no results, its probably not a BWO hatch….Dummy. Oh well, I take this as an education, next time this definitely wont happen. Observation, close observation, is the key to dry fly fishing on a wild trout river.
With the time winding down quickly, as always the case when one is having fun, it was time to lick the wounds and pack it up and head over to the Yough. Upon arrival to this body of water, it was very clear that there was a Caddis hatch going down. There was clouds of them 100 yds from the river. On the river itself, it was literally a huge cloud of fluttering caddis everywhere(Tan in color and size 14-16). There were only a few fish rising to them, but when they were keyed in on them it was madness. I had one take so hard that it broke me off instantly. The third fish i caught, took the fly on an aerial rise…literally had to wait for the fish to re-enter the water in order to set the hook. Total madness. The flow was still a little higher than i prefer, and slightly discolored. If it sprinkles in the eastern United States, the Yough in Maryland is stained. Anyways, the evening got real exciting at the end of the day. With daylight disappearing fast, I made a few casts with a black bugger towards the far bank of my favorite “big-fish” stretch. I caught a brown that literally came out of the water attacking the fast moving bugger, and hit the bugger three times before i finally got a hook in him. He was a 16-17″ thick bodied brown…very healthy and aggressive. I finished the evening three casts later, in the same spot, with a 13-14″ rainbow.
All in all a great day to be on the water. The bug misidentification was rookie, and a smack in the mouth, but an education for me. I apologize to the others for the stupid mistake, probably cost us some fish…who knows. Fishing was still a little slow, but very promising for future trips. Good fishing to all (especially Kevin and Steve-o this coming weekend)…remember to practice catch and release.
P.S. Here IS The Brown Trout…Good Pic!