Nature is a female. That’s why folks refer to it as “Mother Nature”. There’s a reason for that. She’s sensitive, beautiful, unpredictable at times, and she will bite you if you look at her the wrong way. This April she’s been in a very good mood and we’re sending her flowers, doing the dishes, and washing her car. For most years April is her month to be in a very bad mood. We rarely fish in April. We book trips in the hopes of dry weather but it rarely works out. Not this year. We’re beside ourselves. I’m sure the old girl will come back to bite us soon but we’re gonna make hay while the sun is shining.
This past weekend was a group effort with a three boat trip on Saturday and a two boater on Sunday. All of them were lawyers. If we got a ticket from the game warden this weekend we would have been in good hands. Of course we play by the rules so that’s never an issue but it felt good knowing that we had the best legal team in the state floating down the river with us.
We seem to get a lot of lawyers as clients. Over the years we’ve built up a pretty good group of return clientele and a large percent of them are lawyers. My guess is that the river is one place that someone isn’t asking them for legal advise. It seems as if you’re never really off the clock in that profession. It’s also the only place I get to make fun of a guy who makes five times my salary because he missed a fish. Fish don’t care about your job. Neither do we. We’re just here to have fun, make a few jokes, and remind you that you’re probably working too hard and you need to get out more. At the end of the day the handshake says it all. We had fun and we all forgot about the real world for a few hours. That’s really what it’s all about.
This past weekend someone set the thermostat to “perfect” and locked the doors to the house. We may not have weather like that for the rest of the year. Catching fish was just a bonus. Luckily we did lots of that.
In my last report I said something about the river looking like nasal drainage. It’s now more of a green tea. She’s clearing up. Your sinus infection may be getting worse. My truck is now green. But the water is good and it’s only getting better. If the water is low you will be on the fish.
Fly selection has varied a bit since my last report. Red Copper Johns and Rainbow Warriors are still catching fish but some usual spring patterns are coming back into play. In honor of the fallen artist we fished the Prince on Saturday and it was the hot fly of the day. On Sunday it worked but not as well. I played around with a few different patterns and even got a few fish on a Yellow Sally. It’s a stonefly pattern. Midges are picking up fish later in the day but early is all about bigger flies. Caddis were hatching like crazy on Sunday evening so it looks like we’re going to have an early hatch this year. Stock up on Caddis patterns. It’s coming!!!!
As usual it was a great weekend on the river. My wife even joined us at the cabin to unwind for a bit. Creelsboro is where she was raised and it’s still home to her. It’s always nice to see that look on her face when she’s back in the country. I can’t describe it but it makes me smile. She’s always happy in Creelsboro Kentucky. Aren’t we all.
Keep an eye on the weather this week. Looks like we might have some storms rolling in. Fish red copper johns, princes, pheasant tails, hares ears, zebra midges under an indicator. Streamers will pay off when there’s flow. White buggers and Clousers are always our first choice. Make sure your flies are near the bottom. The fish aren’t super active right now due to very few hatches. You need to get down to where they’re holding.
In other news the Hatchery Creek will officially open this Friday and we’re all pretty stoked about it. If you’re interested in learning the stream from the man who built it you should give Brad Redmon a call. 859-229-3379 He will be offering guided trips on the Hatchery Creek in the very near future and I personally couldn’t think of a better person to take you than the dude who literally knows every stump and rock in the stream.
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Cheers my friends,