October 11, 2015
October 11, 2015
Fishing on the Double R continues to be a daily surprise this October. It remains hard to predict what you will encounter. Depending on the weather, you might run into a hatch of #18 Fall Baetis, some Mahogany Duns, or Callibaetis duns or spinners. The primary factor is always the wind.
Yesterday I took a nice young couple fishing on Beat #7. The persistent, rather rude wind put a slight “chop” on the water for the better part of 2 hours. Then, just as we got to the bend at the end of the beat, the wind slackened for 15 minutes at a clip then would resume. In between the wind flare-ups, we saw fish working subsurface on what I suspect were emerging nymphs; nothing was on the water surface. The guy landed one fish and got another hookup by swinging a small nymph. Then the woman tied on a Suspender Midge with a dark body. The nice thing about her Suspender Midge was that the wing was visible to the angler and the body floated just below the surface, visible to the fish. She had several “takes” but the fish weren’t being hooked up that day. No “midges” were out on the water but this pattern is now on my list of flies to use when you are pretty sure that the fish are eating emerging nymphs. I’m going to have to tie some of them up, unless I can find the supply from my days of lake fishing which is “somewhere” in my trailer.
PLANTING ON THE DOUBLE R:
We have been busy planting on the Double R the past couple of days.
I purchased a dozen shade trees and 2 of them have been planted at each of 6 picnic tables, 4 of them along the field water and 2 on the south side of The Pond. We have used Yellow Willow trees because they are consistent with mature trees already on the Double R. More important, the rounded top of Yellow Willow trees will not create perches for hawks, osprey, eagles and other fish eating raptors.
We also received delivery of 305 five gallon buckets of rooted willows in three varieties. The vendor provided 50 of these, free of charge, as replacements for 50 of the willows we planted this spring on the road side of the creek which did not leaf out. The remaining 255 newly purchased willows were planted: on the road side along Beat #7; on the opposite side of the creek from the top of Beat #10 don to the peninsula; on the opposite side of the road, on five stretches from Beat #5 down to Beat #1. My goal is to create a wall of willows like is present along Beat #8. We cannot plant willows in the reeds, so my sense is that we have used up all the potential planting areas from Beat #1 up to Beat #10. If Members feel that it would be beneficial to plant willows below Beat #1or above beat #10, share your thoughts with me. When the willows become established and send out long branches, we will thicken the emerging wall by planting the branch ends in the ground so that they can give rise to more willow bushes. I can’t promise that Mexico will pay for this wall.
A LITTLE BLACK BOX?
Every woman has a Little Black Dress for those special occasions when she wants to make an impact on the social scene. I admit that in my times I have been smitten by my fair share of such dresses. Not being particularly handsome, I’ve always wished that there was a male version of the Little Black Dress. A recent issue of Fly Tyer contains an article about the fly fisher’s equivalent that would be particularly helpful during this Indian Summer of sometimes frustrating fly fishing. How many days this fall have you felt “stumped,” unable to select an effective fly from your arsenal in the absence of a hatch?
Legendary angler Ed Shenk carries a box of black colored flies which he turns to all season long. It contains: the classic Letort Cricket; the trusty Black Leech; Hard Bodied Ants; Deer Hair Ants; the timeless Crowe Beetle; Black Cress Bugs; the standby Black Caddis; and a Wingless Black Irresistible. When I put my own Little Black Box together over the winter, I am sure to add black soft hackles, small black bodied nymphs, a gigantic Ant Misbehaving, small black Stimulators, and black feathered streamers. Add your own favorites. Provided they are black!
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper.