Three of us headed over to the Fall River for an early season “shake down” cruise and scouting mission. We launched at the Cal Trout Access and while local guide John Rickard and I were stringing rods, Tory proceeded to land a fish on a PMD dry fly in about three casts while sitting on the dock! His magical performance would continue throughout the day. We motored upstream against a mighty wind while BWO’s floated by struggling to take flight. It took a fair amount of time to arrive at the Spring Creek Bridge with not one, but two dead batteries. Not to worry we had plenty of provisions on board which, not to miss a good time, we put a serious dent in. Though the hatch was sparse and fish were rising sporadically, Tory continued to get grabs during a BWO hatch with his PMD imitations? The mystery solved itself a few hours later when the BWO’w petered out and a few PMD’s floated downstream. Though the number of bugs was seriously diminished the number of risers remained. Tory claims to have never fished the river before, how did he know? We came to a bend with deep water and no risers so Tory picked up his sink tip and promptly hooked and landed the best fish of the day. Taking turns John and I landed a few but with nothing of the panache showed by Tory. We toasted him and rowed downstream ( but upwind again?) to the take out. Great friends, good grub, glorious fishing :>)
Fall River April 29th
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