The skies were clear but the water was stained. The fish were still eating as we floated nymphs into their feeding lanes. Laura was dialed-in from the start with good casts and presentations to match. Nate and I worked briefly on presentation and he quickly came up to speed. When we all settled-in the fish came to the net with regularity.
We made stops at what are generally considered the high value areas. The fish would respond to the right presentation, but anything with drag would get left in the drift. The numbers were running up with seemingly every cast at times. The action helped to make the morning pass by quickly. The afternoon would be different.
At lunch I let our happy couple know the afternoon would be slower. Most of the better fishing is in the upper portion of the river right now and the fishing normally gets tougher later in the day.
The oars dipped into the water and with a couple oar strokes the current picked us up and moved us downstream. We were still in sight of where we ate lunch and Nate was already producing some fish. Laura was bringing fish to the net as well and everyone was full of smiles and laughter. It was quite fun to spend the day with these two.
Later the fishing slowed but we had one more pool, one more real opportunity one more...well you get it. So we drifted into the pool and our happy angler's set up for long drifts. We fished along the small rock bluff. The flies were drifting along and we were at the end of the bluff. We were making an adjustment on Laura's nymph and she told Nate to cast just upstream of the old blow down. Nate, being the thoughtful husband he is, did what he was told.
Nate got good line speed and dropped the fly upstream, then it settled into the slow flow of the feeding lane. Nate and Laura were paying attention to the drift and Nate set the hook as he had done many times on this day. The fish pulled back and bent the rod. Nate kept just the right amount of bend in the rod throughout the fight and kept the odds in his favor. When it was time Nate brought the fish to the net. We were all happy with this one. The plan worked and we moved on to catch a few more fish before the day would come to an end.
The next day, the conditions were completely different. But, I saw Laura and Nate on the river again. They were using some of the same methods we used the day before and some of the methods they knew prior to that day. It was still early in the day but both Laura and Nate already had better reports than other anglers on the river. I'd say they found a good way to spend an anniversary.
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