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I've digressed. What I am trying to say is that after a wee bit of surgery I haven't been able to fish too much. That is until this past week. I finally got the doctoral clearance to be a bit more active, hike around a little bit and be on my feet for extended periods of time. I'm sure the two readers of this blog know exactly what I thought when my doctor laid these words down. Time to go fish!
The first opportunity was thrown my way by my buddy Nick Bliss. He pitched the idea of a trip up into the Northern Sierra's to fish the legendary Hex hatch. I was in like flynn the moment he said to me, "Donkeys on size 4 dries." Other than bumping Hoppers of the banks in Montana and skating mice in Alaska, I'd never heard of huge fish rising to such huge dry flies.
When we arrived the first thing I noticed when getting out of the car was this guy. It was a good omen.
|For my bug nerds: Hexagenia Limpata. I just call them "Big Fucking Yellow Mayflies".
|It proceeded to fly away with my finger.
|Some Northern Sierra creeking. There is literally hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing streams like this in the Northern Sierras.
|Trying to stalk small and skittish fish.
|Nick spotting a riser.
|Got 'em. Beautiful wild fish on dries. One of the best parts of fly fishing
|Nick getting his pre-hatch nymphing on.
|And while the hatch has been slow this year due to high waters and cold temps, the bugs starting coming off pretty heavy right at sundown
|If you look carefully you can see the thousands of bats swooping in on the high calorie Hex. Birds, Bats and Trout all gorged down on these giants flies.
But we did get some glory for my bud David Lass from the Truckee TU chapter.
|Look at the size of the dry this guy took.
|Lass doing a classic "Grip and Grin". Big fish in the scheme of things but honestly, this guy was a midget compared to the toads out there.