East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016
Flows have come down to 130 cfs, which is a great flow to fish. This weekend started out with a Saturday morning trip in which I was able to nymph up two nice silver browns. The hits were so light, if I wasn't czech nymphing I would have never felt the hits.
Both fish came on hare and coppers, which will be available for purchase at the Anglers Den very soon. I did have one hit on a small black stone, but no takers on anything else. The water temperature is right at 43 degrees, which is about 5-7 degrees from what will get the bugs really going. on 3/19/15, the temperature was 36 degrees!
I did see some Hendrickson nymphs in the drift, but they could have just gotten loose from the flows. I did sample the drift Sunday morning, and there were very few bugs, some small green caddis, a couple of tiny olives and a Hendrickson nymph. Sunday afternoon I did see a few tan caddis here and there. I even saw two rise as I was leaving around 6:45 pm. The fish are still in the slower water. I did manage a couple more, one brown and a bow.
I found some water that was a little warmer and much slower than what I got the other fish in. This definitely increased the power of the takes, and the fight of the fish. The fish hit the hare n copper and small olive nymphs.
Looks like some rain for Monday, but the temps should help warm the water, I think things will be 2-3 weeks early, will we see Hendricksons by opening day????