Posted on May 18 2016
Day started off warmer than Monday but with no sun. It wasn't what you would call windy but there was an annoying breeze. Found bugs on the water from one until six. Was never into a heavy hatch but had risers all day. No evening fishing as bugs on the big river shut down early again with the cold.
If you are planning on fooling a lot of fish with March Browns on the big river or the big east your flies better look better than mine - got two refusals (one indignant and one indifferent) all day. Everyone has been throwing MB's for the past two weeks and most of the fish have been hooked on one. They are very careful about eating the duns.
I did much better on sulfurs (which they ate with relish), olives and caddis.
With the algae problems up river, the heavy boat traffic and the large number of wade fishermen I have crossed the WB off my itinerary for now. Sorry but I fished seven pools yesterday, saw only two fishermen and one boat. The MB's should be in the lower part of both branches by now.
Attached is the fish of the day - a rather lean twenty incher from the big river.