July 30, 2020 #31?
$101/7 = $14.43 (TN License / number of trips)
Schedule looked promising, weather iffy.
Left home around 7:30, things looked a bit crowded up by the dam, drove on down, passed a few good spots and then ran into more parked cars. Ended up in a familiar spot. The spot was wide open or so I thought, just as I closed the trunk, I turned to see a spin guy casting into my run.
He stopped after a while without catching and went back upstream. I was rigged up with a sulfur so gave that a try first despite not seeing any risers or bugs other than midges. I caught a few on the surface and probable worked the water way too long it hopes that something would start soon.
I took a lunch / beer break and then headed to a lower section. Got a pune to rise before finally switching over to nymphing. Tied on a splitcase and after some thought tied on a #20 rs2. Well damn if that didn’t do the trick. I hooked a fish right off and several more took the rs2 in quick sucession, and not just dinks but fat and feisty rainbows and a brown that pushed 18”
I wore out that section and then thought that the pulse would hit and moved hoping that that it would bring a late hatch. Neither materialized. I don’t’ know what was up with the water, the app said a 2 hour release. But I couldn’t tell much difference in the water level.
With nothing happening on the lower river I moved back up to the damn dam. Lot had cleared out and it looked like most of the remainders were standing on the grates.
I hiked on down and found some picky risers, but before I could hook any a monster thunderstorm moved in and with visible lightening striking too close for comfort I high tailed it back to the lot where I thought about waiting it out under the bridge with several other anglers, but after about 10 minutes with no relief in sight I ran back to the car and drove home. That damn storm traveled up I-81 with me.
No photos at all this trip, not one, no scenery shots of the billowing thunderheads, or the grey skies or the torrential rain, No fish picks of trouts or sardines, and no beer shote either…
Here is some info on the RS2
From the TU Blog
[quote}For you masochistic anglers out there who actually enjoy fishing tiny emerger patterns, this one’s for you. (And, yes, on occasion, I’m one of you. Insert face-palm emoji here).
The RS2, which stands for Rim’s Semblance 2, is one of the most effective small emerger flies ever crafted—it can be absolutely deadly in the fall and early spring when Blue-winged Olives are emerging.[/quote]
ex "I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!"
me "There's a season???"
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