Last Tuesday I took the day off and headed to one of my favorite spots hoping for some big winter browns. I had stocked up with Higa’s SOS flies that he tied for me and a bunch of other small midge patterns. I knew it would be a warmer day so I was hoping for some top water action with midges. I ended up tying up all different types of midges from adults to emergers and sizes 16 to 24. Honestly tying size 24’s is almost impossible with my fat fingers but I managed to get a few done. I knew that I would hate myself if I was on the river and didn’t have small enough flies. I have been in many winter midges hatches wishing I had smaller flies.
While tying I think I came with my first unique fly. I am sure someone else has tied it before but I haven’t seen it before so I am going to call it my own. I don’t have a name for it yet so I might need some help. Also when I post a picture of it and if anyone has seen it before don’t burst my bubble and tell me…..haha, just kidding. I will post a picture this week.
When we got to the river we started a little slow, we hooked a few fish but didn’t get anything into the net. We stayed in a nice hole that we thought we produce a nice midge hatch when it warmed up but after about an hour or so we realized that most likely a midge hatch wouldn’t happen. We ended up moving down river hitting a few nice runs hooking and landing a couple fish. We eventually made it to our favorite place on the river and when we got there we immediately starting catching fish. The bottom line is we killed it the rest of the day, at one point I think I caught 4 fish with 4 casts.
It was a perfect day for not being on the water for more than a month, we had to make the day count and we did.