Got out for a few hours today. My home river for chasing cutthroat is blown with snowmelt runoff so I headed back down to the same lowland stream that I explored last week. Lots of mayflies coming off around 2-3PM – the expected Blue-winged Olives as well as a fair number of March Browns and even a couple very yellow Pale Morning Duns. There were also some flying ants hitting the water and about a jillion midges. I picked up two small cutts and one very nice 15-16″ beauty. I watched it feed for 10-15 minutes before casting, sometimes jumping completely out of the water so I knew I had a player. This spot in the stream is tough, a very spring creek-like slick with steep brushy banks that eat back casts. I managed to hit the target and got nada. Tried again and borked the cast failing to roll out the leader. I was just about to pick up the fly and a big cutthroat head rose up and gulped the fly from between the coils of leader… All three fish on an olive bodied parachute dun.
A few weeks back, I purchased a very lightly used reel, a Ted Godfrey Classic 275. I had previously been working on converting all my trout reels over to Hardy Perfects but when this reel came on the market, I snapped it up. Ted’s reels are handmade works of art. I dig the classic Vom Hofe design, the adjustable gear/pawl drag works great and sounds fantastic. I contacted Ted with a question about the reel after I purchased it and he suggested I send it back to him for a lookover. He checked it out, tightened everything that needed tightening, adjusted everything that needed adjusting and had it back to me within the week! When you buy a hand made reel from a reelsmith like Ted, you get more than the reel, you get a few decades work of experience and great customer service. I’m not going to put put my Perfects up on eBay to pay for another Godfrey, I’ll sell the Islanders and Abels instead… Mostly joking but I do think one of those “Brown Trout” models would be very fine holding my line.