If you can manage a day to get out on a DH stream in the next week jump on it because the fish are out there in good numbers and taking the bait readily. Mark Lynch and I headed up to the DH section of the Laurel today arriving stream side about 10:30–I think we claimed the last open parking area. Setting up my rod I discovered I had grabbed a 7 ft 1 wt instead of my 8 1/2 ft 5 wt so ended up using a 7 foot 4 wt–definitely undersized for this stream. Given that the fish had only been out of the hatchery about a week I decided to go with a tan egg pattern that resembles a piece of brown trout chow.
We started below one of the big pools near the upper end that serves as a dumping spot for the hatchery truck. The first couple fish I caught were brookies in the 9-10 inch range, but as I worked my way downstream I picked up more rainbows which were generally bigger. After a couple hours I rounded a curve and ran into another fisherman working his way upstream. About the same time I put my egg into a tree so decided to try a #6 green wooly bugger for the trip back upstream. I pulled in a big rainbow on the first cast with the bugger and landed 3 more brookies before I got back to the car. As is usually the case the fish caught on the wooly bugger were much bigger than those caught on the egg pattern–all over 12 inches long.
Between us Mark and I caught 18 fish in 3 hours on the eggs and bugger–I think Mark did catch one on a prince. The fish weren’t paying much attention to dries at all and I only had two hits on my indicator. So get out there and catch some fish, and stop by the fly shop for some tan or brown eggs on the way–Larry