Monday, September 7, 2009

Workin' on Labor Day

Tough job, but somebody has to do it. Today it was a guy from Philly attending a wedding at the MT Washington Hotel who needed to cure his hangover with a half-day of flinging a fly. I met him in Glen and we fished the Ellis for a couple hours, then moved down to the Saco River. Tally for the morning was three12" brooktrout landed, and an equal number of missed strikes. One on a SSH (Shadan Soft Hackle) and the rest on dries (small para-Adams, elkhair caddis.) We found a pool on the Saco River with a few nice trout swimming around. Very sporadic rises and he was only able to garner a couple strikes with no hook-up, but the sun was high and the fish spooky, so it was still a fun trip. After sending him on his way, I took out my Sage LL 7'11" 4-wt, tied on a beetle pattern and went down and caught one of those finicky trout - a 14" inch brown! Also gave my new Olympus underwater digital a workout.
Here is an underwater video.
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3 comments:

  1. Gerry,
    The Stylus Tough???

    My wife just got me one for my birthday- haven't tried it underwater yet... But it looks like it takes great pics underwater...

    I had an epic weekend up in Pittsburg- 21 rainbows, 3 brookies and my first land lock on a fly rod...

    But I can't seem to find the fly that was working- I was using a gray ghost with a silver conehead that I had laying around in my fly box. That thing did all the damage- but I lost it on a salmon that snapped my line. Do you know anyone that will do tie custom flies? I can't find anyone online with weighted streamers...

    Thanks,

    Eric

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  2. Eric,
    Yes, the Olympus Stylus Tough - also bought by my wife for my birthday. I had to take a lot of pictures to get a couple good ones. I need to get a divers mask to look through the viewfinder under water!
    One of my favorite LLS flies is the Black Ghost clouser. http://www.merrimacktu.org/black_ghost_clouser.htm
    Charlie at Evening Sun Fly Shop does custom flies. See the link on the sidebar. If he is too busy, let me know and I or a buddy can help you.

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  3. Wow...
    So you got a good one too then... (wife that is- btw- the "scouting" excuse made me laugh- I've used that one myself)

    I'll check with Charlie. There was something about that silver conehead weight that just seemed to attract them. I used a regular gray ghost that was identical except for the conehead and got nothing...

    Thanks,
    Eric

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