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Posted on July 19 2020

The early peach tree peaches are ripe and I drove down to pick them.  Will be making peach jam back home in Lafayette tomorrow. A late freeze killed most all of the blossoms but there should still be enough peaches to make about a dozen jars.  It is hot, by the time I picked the peaches and watered the orchids I was soaking wet.  Porch thermometer in partial shade said 95, on the way to Deposit the car said 93.  Drove up to Deposit not so much to fish but just to stand in the cold water.

Arrived in Deposit about 2:30 and tried a run below barking dog.  Saw a few sulfurs but not a single feeding trout.  Drove from there up the river, which had next to no boats, fishermen, bugs or rising trout, all the way to the Red Barn where one angler was fishing.  Saw a few rises and decided the cold water would beat the car's air

Fished from what must have been about 3:30 until 9:00 with a short break for the thunderstorm that passed through.  Caught two rainbows early on and then went forever without hooking a fish. There were always a few bugs on the water and most of the time there was a riser or two but it was slow. The thunderstorm took me (and the other angler) by surprise.  Not a singe rumble of thunder before the wind and rain.  The rain came from the west and the hills blocked our view.  A hasty retreat to the cars left us both wet.  The other angler, who had landed a brown just before the storm, called it a day when the thunder and lighting made their appearance.  I sat in the car until the storm passed and fish began to rise. It was after six o'clock when I went back out, the bugs came, the fish rose and I cast, and cast , and cast, right up until dark. Was ignored by more fish than you can imagine, got refused dozens and dozens of time. The meager collection of fish that felt sorry for me and actually ate my fly was comprised of  two year old browns and rainbows except for one old rainbow of 19 inches that forgot to put his bifocals on before sitting down to eat.

The bugs are hatching (sulfurs and small olives) from Stilesville all the way down through  the 17 pool. Do not expect to hook many fish on dries. They are looking at every fly they eat from less than two inches away and they don't make many mistakes.  That said, the water is cold and refreshing, you can cast at fish non stop for hours on end and maybe, just maybe  - - - -.


  • Walter C. : July 20, 2020
    Your so right, the cool water feels real good on hot days. I live on Long Island and i try to make it up there once a week, and those upper west fish are probably some of the smartest most difficult trout to fool o a dry fly. But thats why I keep coming back for more. Love your blog keep it up. Walt…..
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