July 26,2009

by Brian Zinger on July 26, 2009

We are still in the midst of a bad weather pattern that has made river fishing hit or miss all season. One thing you can depend on is that you will probably get rained on while your out.

Other things you will probably see is high water, very little if anything hatching, and trout that you will have to work for.  I had the pleasure of taking Dave Brown, a local from Fairfield and his friend Art Brantz from Virginia on a guided trip to the Lamoille in Johnson. The river was flowing and clearing with a temp of 63 at 6:30 am.  Both men landed stocked rainbows in the 12 inch range early in the trip, then nothing for the second half. A Black Woolly bugger and 88 took fish on the swing.  While giving the men a little entomology class, we saw many Isonychia nymphs.  This sighting should put a big smile on your face and give you a bit of optimism for a great 2nd half of the season.  There are plenty of fish still in our rivers, due to anglers inability to fish them for a large part of the season and therefore not bringing home dinner.  There have been some good hatches of little green stone flies on the New Haven which was blown out yesterday.

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