Sulphurs? Pale Evening Duns? Vitreus?
Call them what you will...they are hatching on the Natchaug. It's been a few years since we've seen a substantial hatch of these yellow beauties, and conditions this week were perfect for their appearance.
An emerger size 16, lightly greased, did the job in a short window between 7:00 and 7:30 PM in one of our favored locations...2 -17" Rainbows and 2 smaller versions, 12" to 14". Beautiful coloration and gill plates led us to believe they are fall holdovers. Healthy solid and full of energy, they just didn't seem like routine recent stockers.
Warm weather ahead with water temps pushing 70 degrees may limit the chances. The flow is below 100 cfs and we sure could use some rain to extend the short season.
Enjoyed a nice evening with our guests, Tom and Kathy. Tom took several nice rainbows on a caddis pattern and Kathy worked on improving her casting as a newcomer. It was their first time on the Natchaug...and we visited a few different locations for their future reference.
Also ran into a long time ago guest, Ralph who travels from Mass a few times a year to fish the Natchaug. he and his crew are heading to the Dream Catcher Lodge on the WB Delaware shortly.
We'll be there in mid June, can't wait to search for those big Browns!
We had blue quills and caddis for the most part following the early stones. NO Hendricksons or March Browns to speak of so the sulfurs are a welcome sight. Most small size 16, although a few larger did appear sporadically during the evening. Not a lot of Browns around, but plenty of Rainbows!
Let's hope we can get a few more weeks on this fine trout stream. The trout are there and so should you be! If we can help, give us a shout.