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Troutfitter Fly Shop - Syracuse (315) 446-2047 ----- Troutfitter Fly Shop and Inn - Deposit (607) 298-2149

Personal days and sick leave?

Posted on May 09 2017

Returned from my sojourn down south in time to be on the WB (at 2800 cfs) for the paralep/Hendrickson hatch.  It was cool and breezy but the bugs came (boy did they ever!!!).  The fish are now keyed in on them and were rising even in the heavier, faster water.

The WB fish don't suffer fools and with the wind and difficult wading I got my share of refusals.  But enough of the fish were willing to eat my flies to make it the second best day of the year. The fish ranged in size from 14 to 18 inches and were equally divided between browns and rainbows.

The hatch started in earnest last Thursday and apparently has continued through the high water. There were some paralep spinners on the water at the start of the hatch today but the duns were the main course.

If you can find a safe place to wade the WB at these levels, it's the place to be.  The UEB has been colder and may or may not be as far along.  I plan on giving it a try when it gets down to 1000cfs as that is my cut off point for safe wading there.

If the water continues to drop the weekend will no doubt be crowded with anglers.  As of today there were about eight to ten boats and one wade fisherman on the WB.

If I was still working, I'd call in sick!


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