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Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My head.

Posted on August 16 2023

Not a pretty sight. River across the tracks is bright orange and is peaking (assuming no overnight rain), at 10,000 cfs. Had to go to the grocery store in Hancock so I took the drive up to Deposit. The river is both wade able and fishable from the Red Barn up in Stilesville. With no further rain it will be fishable down to Oquaga for waders by tomorrow. Unfortunately when you cram every fisherman who is spending the week here into two pools it looks like the Salmon River during the peak of the salmon run. If you aren't already here, wait a day or two. If you are here, know I didn't crowd in next to you. There were sulfurs on the water at about 2:30. Put the glasses on the river and saw two fish rise. Hopefully the bugs got going and someone caught a fish. 

Me - I took my sulfur boxes out of my vest and tossed about fifty flies I'll never use into one of my reject boxes. Will tie a dozen brand spanking new ones either tonight or tomorrow morning.


  • Terry Vallely: August 16, 2023

    Liked the post – short / sweet / on point.
    Keep ’em coming.

  • Jim N: August 16, 2023

    I’ll be there. Just let me know if it’s Wednesday or Thursday. Maybe we should look at the weather as the bench isn’t under the pavillion and sitting on the bench and in the rain is really humiliating. : )
    I’m excited to meet all of you!!

  • Ed Smith: August 16, 2023

    Dennis. I can also make it on Thursday if Wednesday doesn’t work out

  • Ed Smith: August 16, 2023

    Dennis. Thanks for setting this up. Hope you didn’t have leave a deposit to hold the reservation. I’m looking forward to meeting you and sharing some stories and a seat on “the bench”. See you on Wednesday. Thanks again Ed Smith

  • Dennis: August 16, 2023

    A119 Ed Jim. After much pleading and begging Dave was able to fit us on the bench Wednesday August 23!!!! The reservations will allow us to be on the bench from 4pm (after the early hatch) till 5:30 pm.
    This reservation was harder to get than one at Peter Lugars!!!
    I will send out a quick reminder next week.
    Looking forward to seeing you all there

  • Taylor: August 16, 2023

    What stage in the life cycle do you like to tie for the sulfurs?

  • Ed Smith : August 16, 2023

    P. S . Angler119. Thanks for the B J Thomas/ Butch Cassidy reference. Very cool and one of my favorite movies.

  • Ed Smith: August 16, 2023

    Angler119. Thanks for letting us know about the river conditions. Thursday I’m bringing my 14 year old granddaughter Flyfishing for the first time . With the Willow and the BK unfishable, it looks like the riffles by the Red Barn is our best bet. Fish or no fish, crowds or no crowds there is nothing better than spending the day with a grandchild. I’ll give a report on our experience on Friday. Ed

  • Frank: August 16, 2023

    What do you do with the flies in your reject box? Strip the material and reuse the hook? Donate the flies?

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