Does the Upper D ever disappoint? I do not think so!
This past Friday we were dialed in with the big fish finder
set-up. The crew moved double digit numbers, stuck a handful,
and broke-off one; and most of them were big - 18"+.
In all three fish came to net, with big flies and sinking
lines being the ultimate setup. We used 5 and 6's, but
a 7wt would have eased the pain of an all day throw-n-strip-fest.
With the gin-clear water the visuals were unreal! The
brownie pictured bottom right boiled so hard on the streamer
it looked like a striper blasting a crease fly! Long throws
were a must - 60-70' - despite the blurred trout vision
created by the steady rain.
Risers...we had a few targets here and there at the beginning
of the float around Equinunk, but we fished them half-assed
'cause we had a lot of water to cover yet, and we thought
we'd get more targets later...that never happened though.
Just more rain. Bugs are going to pop any second, but
until them, you need to throw them meat. Hatches included
a few hendricksons and blue quills. Water temp was about
54F. The Upper D is one sick fishery!
was the fly of choice...white marabou clouser. Long
casts and very erratic strips and pauses and slips
put just the right action on the fly to initiate the
strikes. Throughout the day we got fish in all sorts
of different water conditions - ranging from deeper
channels to tailouts. For the most part the fish really
seemed to be on the feed and keyed in on eating this
type of forage.
Check out those lips!! Taped at 21".
Football fat! This one crushed a white
streamer in a side channel.