Some things are ever changing, while others remain, seeming always constant.
There is that which abides longer, though, in truth, all passes eventually. All.
Meantime, planet enfolding carbon particulate matter takes its toll on the
Pacific Northwest, which went from a dry winter, skipping spring, moving
straight into a summer of blazing, hubcap-bright 100-degree-plus days. The
trout lakes of my region, usually fishing fairly well at the beginning of July,
are as warm as bathwater, the heat-stressed trout trying to hold on,
close-mouthed, a mystery at the deepest depths. Fish & Wildlife has already
closed some of the popular summer steelhead & salmon streams, & there
will be more closures, certainly. And if we don’t get the miracle of rain
during July & August, normally our driest months, there is a chance that
all the rivers will be closed by fall.
Barely into July, there are over a hundred fires burning in
. Two hundred in Washington
State . There is no escaping the smoke – the pink
tinged light hinting of fire. Passing clouds emit no moisture, only lightning. British Columbia
Wonkiest year I can remember – it’s like flyfishing on the verge of apocalypse.
Due to unusually high surface temperatures, the river’s black quill (leptophlebia) mayfly hatches, normally prolific through late-afternoon & evening, & all day on overcast days in this season, have boiled down to a short burst in the evening, right up against dark. Though compressed, the big mayflies & rising trout are a reassuring constant, a reminder of what should be. And there are some nice fish up & hunting for black quills in the near dark, taking both emergers & duns. I prefer the dry, but when it gets too dark to follow its drift I switch to the emerger, of which trout are more forgiving. I fish it drifted, swung & stripped, moving, on a tight line so that I might keep contact with it in the dark.
Black Quill Flymph
Hook: #12 TMC 200R (or standard #8)
Thread: rusty brown
Tailing: 3 or 4 pheasant tail swords
Ribbing: yellow floss, doubled & twisted, wound over the abdomen section
Abdomen: chestnut-brown rabbit (2/3) mixed with dyed red rabbit (1/3)
Thorax: black rabbit
Hackle: furnace hen – 3 turns wound over the thorax area ~ & finish.