Last week I took a few hours to check out a new section of my favorite local river. The weather forecast called for rain, so I was able to properly prepare by bringing along some of my Filson foul weather gear. I'm glad I did, since it poured just about the whole time I was on the stream. I was fine with that however, since there was no lightning, and the mountains need the moisture.
I tied on a big Cicadia pattern that the folks at St. Pete's sold me, and found that it was of great interest to the drenched trout. I also had luck with a ABU midge that I used as a dropper from that big dry.
It had been awhile since I fished this river, and I really felt like it was a return home. I hiked into a stretch that I had not fished before, and really enjoyed the solitude I found. Even though it is the middle of summer, the day felt like a fall day. The temperature was in the 50's, and the skies were grey and full of rain. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but I'm glad there is still plenty of summer left. Hopefully you are able to hit your favorite stretch of river soon with your favorite dry fly pattern!