We started early on nymphs and within a few casts Alan pulled the first rainbow to the net. This was a glimpse into the remainder of the day as the rainbows were "on". Alan was dialed into his casting and real close on mending. He started off hot on the nymphs as the sun came up over the trees.
We fished the nymph hard and it produced. As the sun warmed the water we went to the top and tied on a terrestrial. We fished the top just as hard and only found one fish willing to eat up their. We discussed the options and made a decision to fish nymphs through the better runs.
We would repeat this routine over the next couple hours. Every good spot in the river would produce a strong pulling rainbow. The browns must have ate their meals before we arrived and were not hungry, but the bows really filled in those gaps. We stopped for lunch in the shade and set up the table in the middle of the drifter. This was something I have done a couple times and it speeds up our lunch to give more time with flies in the water.After lunch we rowed into one of the last good runs of the day. Alan was set up to pull a fish from the head of the run in a hole about the size of a garbage can lid. He got the fly in early, the fly settled an then floated into the hole. The fish ate right away and the rod raised then the line came tight. We got that fish to the net and we went right back to the hole which again produced the same result. Then we went back for the 3rd time and were boating another fish before the end of that drift. It is a small hole, but one I can never pass up again.
We finished our day on streamers to prime Alan for his next day of warmwatert fishing. It was one of the better days of fishing over the past several floats. The wildlife, the responding fish and a good meal with a very good angler. The last time I saw Alan he was driving toward I-65 for his next stop on his Fall trip to the southern states.