Slate Run Sportsmen has a newsletter that is published 3 times a year normally. It takes a lot of work and creating the content along with composing the articles in the format to print copies along with creating an ’email version’ takes considerable work. Thankfully we have an excellent person doing this for our club. So since I haven’t asked permission to publish his name for this post, I’m referring to him as ‘The Editor’ (you know who he is and he knows who he is….). Well, ‘The Editor’ took me under his wing this evening and we went out to fish a little while.
Don’t rightly know why he took pity on the likes of me but he showed me around a section I haven’t fished before. Some really gorgeous places to fish and the surroundings weren’t half bad either (this might be considered, very loosely, some Yogi Berra’s humor perhaps).
Saw a few of these this evening.
I used the iPhone tonight to take all the pictures and one shortcoming is that I can’t really get as good a ‘macro’ shot it looks like. So while these images can be ‘zoomed in’ on – they’ll distort. However, I think we can tell that this is a ‘Two-tailed’ mayfly and I believe it is the Quill Gordon. The wings are so dark! I think one could get away with a black Z-Lon or similar material to imitate the natural. It was definitely a size 12 – 14. I had been fishing with the Sparkle Dun version of the Quill Gordon and we found a spot.
I know the picture makes the fish look a bit small but I’m guessing the fish was a 13″ – 15″ fish. A Sparkle Dun Quill Gordon/Hendrickson style pattern (size 12) worked again for this fish (as it did yesterday’s). Didn’t take especially hard but deliberate. I had hooked it well and it decided to go downstream – problem was that was into rough water and there was a fair chance of losing the fish due to the rocks/boulders. Obviously, I didn’t lose the fish as it ended up in the net didn’t it? ‘The Editor’ got some images/video of me while I was battling the Brown. We work our way up the pool and, while he fished the head of the pool I noticed a rise some 10 feet above where I had caught the previously displayed Brown (now downstream from where we were). We hike back down through the treeline till we are below the rising fish.
A couple of casts later he catches the riser I spotted! Editor of the Slate Drake and not a half bad fisherman – a nice combination! We work our way up further until we have to turn around and head out for the evening.
Thank you Slate Drake Editor – for introducing me to a new area and for playing ‘Hop-Scotch’. I enjoyed it immensely!
Reporting live from Slate Run…. and until we see each other again… UB