Storm Weather Fishing

by Peter Patenaude on July 4, 2013

My trail companion and I took a fisherman’s walk today up a familiar brook. The terrain matched the weather as the air was wet like the stream, and thick like the forest and tall grasses. Stopping halfway to our destination, we decided to soak our lines on either side of a large bend– I could not put my fly rod together fast enough as I watched my fellow angler quickly set a night crawler on a hook and begin to fish. Leaving my dry fly solution at home, I tied on a favorite that would float for some time, but once waterlogged, could double as a small streamer– I am not against using wet flies, but I do prefer to watch a trout take floating feathers rather than ones on the bottom. We left this spot after a short time as we wanted to reach an unnamed pool that required much more walking. Before leaving, I had the excitement of one strike and so did my spin casting competition.

We finally reached our target and I think we both would have enjoyed a cool swim if it would not have affected our chances of holding a colorful trout. I only had the pleasure of a few casts before the intimidating clouds made a strong suggestion for us to leave. With a long rolling thunder noise and flashes of lightning that my camera wished it could replicate, we hurriedly took to the woods and made our way back at a quick pace. We were fortunate to make it to the truck before the rain picked up, although because of the humidity, you would not know it by looking at our clothes.

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Mike July 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

You definitely have to keep an eye out on the storms this time of year Peter. I always err on the side of caution..


Peter Patenaude July 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Mike- I try to as well. As you said, it is easy to get caught this time of year.


Joseph Hord July 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Sorry to hear the weather ran you off the stream. It seems like this summer the weather has been a lot more stormy than years past. It’s definately put a damper on fishing down here this summer.


Peter Patenaude July 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thank you Joseph- I have no problem with rain, but I am not eager to fly fish in lightning. You are right though, it does seem like we have been getting more rain this year than years past.


walt July 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Nice account here, Peter. At least you got some rain out of the adventure. I too got chased out from my secret pond in the woods by intimidating clouds approaching quickly, but nothing more came of it. Down here we actually need some rain as the trout streams are rapidly dropping in water levels. The humidity was so bad it made the fly line sweat.


Peter Patenaude July 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Thank you Walt. We certainly have been getting a lot of rain this year.
Sweat on a fly line! That is impressive. Hopefully you will get some of our rain to give the trout some swimming room.


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