With an hour left of an 85 degree day, I was less optimistic than normal. Expecting less activity due to the abnormal heat we were experiencing. I began the night with a dual nymph rig. Tying on a Squirrels Nest Drake as my bottom fly and a C2C on a dropper 12" up.
The Fish were there, but slowly to the take. They were taking both flies equally with the largest bow choosing the SND.
I worked the run pretty hard and pulled a few fish for my efforts. Fairly slow as I had expected, but still a great night to be on the water. As I worked my way down to the main pool, I began to notice a number of fish working. The shadows were getting long with only about 30 minutes of prime light remaining. I drifted the nymphs through the slot where the fish were feeding with no luck. Not able to see what they were feeding on I decided to try a wet fly that I figured just may split the difference.
Hook: #12 Standard Nymph
Thread: Claret Danville
Tail: Dark Barred Ginger fibers (Hen Neck)
Abdomen: Claret tying thread
Palmer: Dark Barred Ginger (Gape Length)
Rib: Small Copper Wire
Hackle: Dark Barred Ginger (Gape Length x2)
Removing the indicator and clipping off the nymphs, I tied on a Claret and Ginger Wet. It is a staple in my box wherever there is a steady March Brown hatch. I fish it as a classic wet, swinging it just below the surface. My first cast produced a roll, but I was too anxious and pulled it away. My mind raced...I knew it! Taking another step downstream I cast again and was rewarded with a large roll and take. Setting the hook to 3-4 heavy head shakes and an immediate run downstream, I was along for the ride. It took the remaining light to land it, putting the finishing touch on a great night.
It was a joy setting the hook on a brown of this size on a classic wet fly swing. A refreshing change of pace in the current world of Euro-Nymphs and lobbing heavy rigs.
See you on the water!