Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I fished the West Branch of the Ausable yesterday.  Whether you like to fish them or not, the Trico mayfly hatch is on.  The water was in the mid to upper 60's.  I was on the trout from 7 to 9:30 am, then all went quiet.  Eleven browns in that time, not bad considering that I can't see the fly (SIZE 22) and setting the hook is a guessing game.  Low water calls for a longer leader and longer drifts too.  I did spot some more fish later in the morning but the just weren't "players".  Hot summer afternoons on the Ausable call for spot, stalk and presentations with hopper patterns.  This can sometimes pay off with  a big brown if you put the time in.

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