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Jim, Dick and I all made an early trip to the polls and after casting our votes, we cast our lines on the Lamprey and Isinglass Rivers. We all caught fish, all rainbows. Mostly on nymphs and heavily weighted woolly buggers. What a beautiful day! No wind and temperature in the upper 60s. Water temp was in the low 40s on both rivers. Quite a few people were at the Lamprey, but just a bunch of moms and kids hiking the beautiful trails at the Isinglass and enjoying the election day outdoors.
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Halloween was fishy, not spooky! I finally had an opportunity to get out and fish and I had wanted to go for some broodstock, but the Pemi was too high to fish. Stan and I decided the most likely place to get some fish was the old reliable Swift River. So did everybody and their brother! We got out there around 9AM and fished until 2PM. Although there were quite a few people there, we had no problem finding fish.
The problem, as always at the Swift, was getting them to bite. We started above route 9 and fished there until noon and then fished below the (very crowded) hatchery pipe and near the USGS gage for a couple hours.
Stan did really well in the morning with glo-bugs (fancy name for an egg pattern) and rootbeer WB.
This fish was really excited to be held by Stan!
I landed one on a size 18 Shadan soft-hackle (SSH) and broke one off at the Y-pool on the strike with a size 20 white SH tied with red thread. After noon I broke off two others, one a SSH and one on a size 24 BWO emerger. There was a hatch of size 26 midges that had fish rising all over the pool in front of me, but I only fooled two in almost 2-hours of steady casting and changing flies. I came home and tied up some more size 24 and 26 flies in various colors for the next time.