You know of the HH: Hendrickson Hype.
Yes, Hendricksons have been spotted on the lower river. No, the hatch has not yet begun in earnest. Of course, as a currentseams reader, you have a measured response to the HH. You know that nature is always on time no matter when she shows up. And that the hatch will happen when it happens, and not a moment before, no matter how much one wishes it were so.
I can tell you it didn’t happen today. I visited four locations on the lower river from Canton to Unionville, and there wasn’t a single subvaria to be found. On the other hand, there were plenty of caddis — the Rodney Dangerfield of early spring hatches — and though there were no risers, the trout were ready and willing to jump on a swung wet fly. On my second cast of the spring with a team of three wets, whack! A fine, fat rainbow on the top dropper, a Squirrel and Ginger. How glorious to feel that tug as the flies dangled in the current below me.
Warm but uncomfortably windy today. I nymphed for about an hour, but had no takers. The bite dropped off after all those seed thingys blew into the water. 420cfs and clear.
Soon, my friends in fly fishing. Soon.
My top dropper today — heck, it’s usually my top dropper from April through August. Size 12 on a 2x short scud hook.