Today is my birthday, and I did what is expected of me by those who know me. And guess what I got?
The Poudre Canyon was perfect with temps in the mid 60’s, and cloudy most of the day. I was fishing a stretch that is new to me. I was using my bamboo rod with a duo on the end, an Adams for the first fly followed by a flying ant. I caught some nice fish, and one was a 19 inch brown tucked under a rock cliff overhanging the water.
As I moved upstream, catching fish here and there, I came to a big boulder the size of a mini cooper with a deep run on the right side, which also was the main seam. I casted up past the boulder, and was watching my flies get sucked into the run and below the surface. I didn’t think too much about it because it happens, then I felt a small tug. I set the hook and felt a small fight begin on the other end. As I was stripping in the fish, I was able to see it, and to my surprise it had a follower about the same size. I was excited to see this, and then all of a sudden, the other fish took my ant.
I got my first ever double-up!!!!!
They weren’t very big, both about 10″, but what a thrill not only to get a double-up, but to see it happen! I have seen it on videos, but never thought it would happen to me.
Thanks guys! It was a good day, and from what the weatherman is saying for the weekend, this was the day to go. I’d go tomorrow, but it’s supposed to be real windy.
Creek, to answer your question, it was the Adams. The way the weather was, I didn’t see too many ants crawling around. Maybe because of the front moving in, making them want a smaller item. Just my guess from my early bass fishing days. The ant was #14 and the Adams an #18. Usually at this time of year I primarily use the ant, it’s like a secret weapon. Maybe if I used a smaller size it would have done better. Only the fish can answer that.