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And you thought it was a beautiful day.

Posted on August 22 2017

It's 7:15 and I'm sitting in camp typing today's report with rain pounding down on the porch roof. Bright sun, high winds and a severe thunderstorm watch all played a part in both increasing the degree of difficulty and shortening the hours of fishing.

With the olive hatch still going strong I tied flies and did chores this morning and didn't go out until two.  Bad mistake.  By then the wind was cranked up over 20 and the temperature had climbed to near 90 degrees.

Found rising fish in what boaters might call a "moderate chop".  Getting a fly to them was another matter.  After almost two hours of trying to land a 16 foot leader in a 20mph wind I chose shelter over olives.  Moved to a place out of the wind.  The casting was easier but with no olives on the water there were almost no rising fish.  Just as the olives began to hatch the thunder started to rumble. I've been caught out in far too many storms this year.  Reeled in and headed for the car at 5:45.

A beautifully colored 14 inch brown (one of only four caught)  was fish of the day.  


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