Hello all and thanks for checking in at The O’Grady Fly Fishing Adventures. I wanted to start by wishing you all a wonderful Easter. As a Christian man I know that this is what it is all about. Death has been defeated, period. Now with that being said, Easter for us is normally a time just spent with family and usually on the river for part of the day and part of the day spent with my oldest and my granddaughter. Well this year was a little different, Cat had a guide trip go out and I thought I had one as well, mine didn’t happen. Brandon called and wanted to know what I was doing and he decided to go fishing with me and Winston. Fishing started a little slow with fish being a little picky to start the day. I started with my normal rig but after Brandon hooked up a couple of times I went ahead and took off my egg. It was almost immediate and the fish were taking both my FOD and a mercury black beauty. Fish really turned on at around 1:00 and fed for an hour or so.
My two exciting parts of the day came when at first I noticed this big hook-jawed bow sipping blue wings off the surface and I decided to try my dry luck. I casted several times and then noticed I was missing my second fly. Brandon walked up and after pointing out the riser I casted in and watched the fish come up and grab my dry. I had no intentions of landing the fish because he was sitting a foot in front of a bush, but I was miraculously able to get his face up and away from the danger and worked him into a landing area. Well after all the hard, and excellent work on my part the fly popped out of his mouth, I didn’t even care. The other excitement came at the end of the day when Brandon had already headed back to the car; I wanted to hit one last spot. I hooked five and landed two and then I decided one more run. I casted a few times with nothing and I started heading across the river. I began to slip and I quickly recovered and no sooner did a smile appear on my face, I caught one more rock and did my first faceplant in eons. Yep, make no mistake, sometimes I’m an idiot as well.
Now I did feel a little like a drug dealer for a few second today. I could see that Brandon had a bit of a nest and so I told him to come up and I could help. While retying he asked if he could cast my Sage One a few times and I said go ahead, first hit is free. I watched as he casted a few times and then he battled his first really good fish all the way in. I went ahead and let him catch one more fish and then took my rod back. With a tear and a small crackle in his voice he said that it was okay, and I felt a little bad because he continued to stare at my One the rest of the day.
Anyhow, Cats guide trip went well. Her client was an absolute never ever and his first fish ever with a fly rod was a 19 incher. Can you say ruined for life. Fish today were on FOD’s and black beauties, we have no idea how long these flows will last so take advantage as much as you can. As always, Connell, Cat, Winston, Bandor and the Drift Fly Shop want to thank you for reading….