Made the last second decision to squeeze in one more wild brown outing before the start of the school year. The one with the red tail was a bastard and kept torpedoing out of the water right at me. I use barbless hooks and with all the slack I don't know how it didn't unhook itself.
After a shaky start to the day, yesterday's outing was a blast. 62° water temps, good flows, and a little bit of cloud cover made for some amazing fly fishing in August, a month most fishermen think is off-limits for trout in the Northeast. You just need to know where to go because all day these fish were crushing my flies, fighting hard, and swimming off healthy with plenty of energy.
Water flows and clarity were perfect and the overcast sky kept the trout feeding all day, providing action in every pool, pocket, run, and riffle without another fly fisherman within miles. Finished the day with 17 holdover/wild rainbows and one wild brown. Girdle bugs and purple beadhead double standards were getting it done out there.
I use to think the best flies were as realistic as possible. This simple fly defies that logic and catches fish everywhere. Long live rubber legs!
Hook: Tmc 200R size 6
Thread: black or brown 6/0
Bead: Black tungsten 5/32
Weight: .30 lead free wire
Tails: MFC centipede legs brown
Antennae:MFC centipede legs brown
Legs: MFC centipede legs brown
Body: flyfishfood stonefly chenille small