14, 2010 - Lehigh Report - Gap
Over the weekend a short late-afternoon Lehigh outing offered
up some pretty good fishing.
Right off the bat the smallies were slamming a weighted woolly
bugger. Some hit right at the fly hit the water, others hit at
the end of the drift. None of the fish were too big - - 12"
or so, but they were full of fight, and appeared to be very healthy.
About this same time, there were some isos and yellow mayflies
- - prolly the summer sulphurs beginning to pop here and there.
Some fish also began to take notice. Saw a nice splash in the
main current, and a quickly placed iso produced a vicious strike,
but the fish did not stick.
quick move to another heavy run, produced some slowish fishing
at first, and we were debating if we made a bad decision. Anyway,
about 6pm the mayflies started to really hatch. And a few fish
here and there started to rise. A heavy rise and an accurately
placed iso, produced the first brown of the evening. At first
it appeared to be a really large fall fish, but nope, it was a
brown. This fish showed no signs of fatigue. Full on healthy and
zipped line out. Fought great! Impressive.
Soon there after, three more browns came to net. Only one of
which you could definitely tell was a grown up stockie. Pectoral
fin was a little beat up. All fish though were fat, and had been
I would not say though that there were a lot of risers for the
amount of bugs though, but the trout are definitely there. Even
had some rising fish, heavy rises that would not eat an imitation.
Multiple fly changes, and no dice. Honestly, some of the trout
landed, rose like chubs. Sloppy rises. Water was 68F during the
Not and bad evening on the Big Lehigh.