Hardy Trout in the Otselic River
Call it wishful thinking or ambitious but my mind was set on dry fly fishing yesterday… December 13. The Otselic River in upstate NY offers year-round fishing (catch and release from October 15 – Opening Day) and produces a healthy population of native brook trout in its upper reaches.
I first heard of the Otselic River via an old article in Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. In addition to the native brookies, the state generously stocks the river with browns every spring. Fish this river in months other that April & May and you will have miles to yourself.
Yesterday was abnormally warm for mid-December, the high was around 58 degrees. My wishful thinking was fulfilled thanks to the size 18 Madam X. Five brookies came to the net, all but 2 took the dry.
After landing my first brookie of the day, I was wading through a shallow run that I thought contained no fish. Still I moved slowly and scanned the water for — NICE BROWN! I spotted this beautiful brown eating nymphs in about 12 inches of water. Tiny BWO’s were hatching throughout the day, so I tied on a size 18 WD-40 Nymph. No strike indicator. Ten casts, finally the perfect drift. I see the trout’s mouth gulp and hope it took my nymph as I strike — SUCCESS!
Beautiful fish, a great highlight to what will probably be my last fly fishing excursion this year.
Bring in the New Year with fly fishing cheer! Join Trout Haven for an exciting trip to Spruce Creek!