A great day on the river today. The overcast skies and balmy 38 degrees made for a good winter day to be out and maybe one of the last days for a while.
I hit the stream with my ole Fenwick FL-6 in anticipation of some trout sipping something near the surface. The old fiberglass rod does great despite it being around 35 years old.
The river did not disappoint as the hatches were frequent and trout were feeding near the top all day long. There were two bugs hatching all day. One was a very small midge and the other was about a size 18. I am unclear on what exactly it was but it skimmed across the top of the water and the trout were gulping them everywhere. Despite this, I could not match the fly for anything. I tried everything that resembled it but could not get a rise.
After about an hour, I realizing that I was not going to conquer this and dropped some flies down below the surface and picked up fish readily throughout the remainder of the day. This included fish on a Barr's Emerger, WD-40, and BWO Emerger. I will take these flies as 2nd choice any day if I cannot figure out the dry fly bite. Any day without a bobber is a good day for me! At the end of the day, I did finally manage a few on top fishing a Griffith's Gnat as a dry fly.