If your going to talk fly fishing, you have to do some! So Jim and I split up to research the rivers. Jim on the Pigeon river, I was on the Black river...a dozen Brown Trout and 3 dozen Brook trout later and the jury was out. They were all small but the rivers are all holding at 58 F. The big trout had not yet begun to move in the river and their refusals were many. That bright orange coloration on the fish was not that obvious. Fall seems to be behind in the river and in the coloration of the trees. For what ever reason.
All of nature is enjoying the cool weather. We will be returning to warmer weather by next week but the angle of the sun and shortness of the days will keep the rivers cool. Some rain is in the forecast and with the Pigeon, Black, and Maple at low levels the rain is welcome. Terrestrials were on the trouts menus in the day and a size 14 quill or mayfly in the evening seem to do the job. The bright sun can pose some problems, so seek out shady dark holes for success.
Oh, and the Elk are beginning to become active with a short bugle, with the long bugling yet to come. The weather could not be nicer, blue sky prevailing!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.