The Fishing’s Good Upstream

The Fishing’s Good Upstream

Frustrated by persistent rains and raging rivers, I’ve turned my attention to the upstream portion of smaller tributaries. My hope was that the smallmouth population sought more placid pools there. I spent midafternoon drifting North Fork Nymphs along the seams below riffles. Two 9- to 11-inch bronzebacks fell for the tactic before I moved downstream to a swift run of pocket water that I fished with Craw Bully. Again, 5 bass, 1 of 13 inches, were netted and released. The day’s final hours were spent casting our Jointed Hellgrammite into the swift water of the pool’s tailout. Four more leaping bass sent me home with a smile.

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