We pulled up to the river anticipating a good Green Drake hatch and the normally clear stream was a little high and off color. We debated on whether we should give it a shot or turn around and try another stream. We decided to stay and give it an hour. We hiked downstream to an area we usually see fish and made a few casts with no luck. It looked like we were going to have to head to another river. We didn’t see any fish moving or rising and it didn’t look promising. We expected to see some drakes flying around but nothing was hatching. We just fished as much of the river we could casting to every inch of water. The next pool 20 yds upstream would give us hope.
The first cast down the middle of the slow moving pool brought a nice brown to the net. We had to use droppers off of our dries because the water was so off color. The copper john proved to be the fly of the day. The next cast was up on the far bank and as soon as the flie hit the water the dry disappeared. Another one on the dropper!!! Bryan had caught a nice cutthroat and then another brown. This was getting good.
We caught several browns and cutts and ended up having a great day on the water. We even coaxed up a few on the dry. What we thought was going to be a tough day turned out to be a very fun and enjoyable day on the water. Now when I get to a river and it doesn’t look how I want it to look I fish it for an hour and give it a chance to prove me wrong.