Next Friday I'll be headed across the country to the University of Montana. On Tuesday and Wednesday Chris Stiles and I fished the Battenkill for my last trip in New York. We started fishing streamers. The flow was low, but with an add on sink tip I was able to get the fly down to the fish in the deeper runs and pools without bouncing on the bottom. While Chris drove downstream I decided to fish down to where he would be. I got to a nice riffle that runs into a deep run. I worked the head of the run and then began to fish the middle. I casted at a slight angle upstream and mended to give my fly time to sink. On about the third cast, just as my line tightened in the current and began to swing, I had a big take. It was very decent fish and I played him well into the shallows. I didn't put the tape to him but I estimated this brown to be around 17 inches, a very decent Brown for the Battenkill.
Day 2 was not what we had hoped. We drifted a section of the river that we had never fished before. It was a beautiful stretch of river with many deep pools and nice runs. However, fish were scarce and we didn't experience many hits on the day. I had one nice fish on early in the morning but the hook pulled a few seconds into the fight. Overall it was a very slow day and the water temps were warmer than the upstream sections of the river, which could be the cause of the lack of fish.