Today was better, I got up there early enough to have some real nice sunshine on the river. Following the sun is a good tactic in there in the winter, or at least I have convinced myself that it is. There were just a few midges coming off, slate dun size 22's. Pupae were a little bigger, say a 20. Also low numbers (thank God!) of itty bitty no-see-um midges, like a 38 or something. No fun to match, unless you are asian.
I had good luck with my latest fad, the ten foot four weight with a level taper running line and a level fourteen foot leader. Basically flicking cobwebs. Can be a pain, but the line does not spook fish. Hoorah!
I caught around ten fish, I was not counting. I lost at least twice as many as I brought to net due to my lethargic hookset. Also finned a couple, unfortunately. My bad. I did not fish to the notorious Elevenmile Canyon "boot-lickers" though there was ample opportunity to do so. Fish were caught on a small assortment of midges, all in the 22-26 range and dun or black.
Fish of the day.
spooky light... Middle Earth?
My best bug for the day and the real deal.
No. 22 TMC 2488 with Coq-de-leon tail, Adams
superfine, and a UV sparkle Organza split wing, Ju-Ju style.
Not perfect by any means, but in the ballpark. The fish liked it.
There you have it.