It's dropping. Clarity is improving. Temps stable. The feedbag will be on. We have taken this off time to catch up on paperwork, communications and gear maintenance. A couple new lines rigged, refilled the leader wallet, restocked the fly boxes and we even cleaned the coolers. We are ready for round two.
We expect to use the deep nymph rig and streamer set ups. Large and in charge delivery systems. Six and seven weight streamer rods are our preferred weapons of choice for high water streamer sessions. DC 3s and 6s. Full sink lines in 6 and 7 ips. 0 and 1X. The 1-1.5 bobber. The nasty Hellgramite patterns on deck. We are still opportunistically hoping for the dry game to appear once again. It will. When? We don't set that schedule. The bugs come when they want to. We certainly are not going to set out with only a 4wt. and hope to see a nose. Better to have the whole arsenal ready to roll.
Small rivers and streams are turning on right now. Displaced fish and new structure give the willing to walk angler the upper hand. Smaller sized streamers (8-12) work very well for those small stream fish during this transition.
If you are thinking of adding a trip this season now is the time to start finalizing your plans. We have still have room in our two day spey trip on the West Branch. The flyfishing school with Maine Huts and Trails has space in both July and September. There are a few dates for the end of this month also. We are already starting to fill both September and October, don't miss out on this time of year! And if you think it all ends at the end of this month you're wrong. Some of the best dry fly fishing happens in July! If long, fine leaders and fussy trout are what you crave, we can help you with that craving.