I got out yesterday afternoon for a little stress relief ... finally
I needed a break from working at home and not having that separation between work place and home place.
My home river has so many closures because of the Covid crisis, I was forced into the lesser known upper sections of my home river. Definitely not two-hander water, which gave the opportunity to use my new single hander. It was a blessing since it's been forever that visited those areas.
Knowing the upper sections would have few steelhead stragglers, I decided to go for the "unicorn" fish ... the surface take.
This fly still has no name
I designed this fly to ride low in the surface like a trapped bug that is struggling. So sort of a damp fly really.
It did produce three large boils in behind that resulted in "no pull", however the boils were significant and was enough that raised my heart rate to the point I could not think of anything else.
Yup, the Celestial Skater
This fly was a gift from Todd that was named after my daughter Celeste. The fly and my daughter's hair were the same colour at the time that Todd created this version. All that foam, no way this fly doesn't stay on top and a very nice wake it throws too. There was no action for this fly yesterday, which is rare. It usually produces flashes, boils, miss takes, etc.
A Shady Lady
Thinking the Celestial Skater may have been too much fly for the fish, I switched over to this east coast pattern. In the past, this fly produces violent takes on the surface (hitched) and in the surface film (damp). It lived up to it's reputation yesterday, producing several boils and follows and a solid pull with the operator (me) asleep at the wheel
I did get a small 4" smolt take the fly off the surface, but not counting that as a "real" fish.
I thought I should at least share some patterns, since everyone has been posting some incredible efforts lately.