In deciding to pass up many things associated with Thanksgiving such as Macy's parade, football, and extreme early shopping, afforded a perfect opportunity to hit Blue River.
Van went out ahead of me and by the time I found him he had ten fish under his belt. The first hour for me was a struggle only catching three fish, but I believe that fortunes can change and later downstream they did. In a twenty minutes period fourteen bows came to hand one after the other.
Here's a brief rundown of how the fishing was.
Conditions: Sunny day with temperatures hovering around fifty degrees. The wind direction was variable as was the speeds. Water clarity was excellent and the pressure on the river was light. Water temperature was not taken, but it didn't take long for numbness to occur in the lower extremities.
Flies Used: The majority of the first ten fish Van landed were taken on the bugger brown. Later, he would trail a size 16 Pheasant Tail and the rest of fish was taken by that pattern. He would end his day with close to 30 fish to hand.
The first three fish for me came on the bugger olive, with the other two taken on a Brassie. Downstream I tied a size 14 Copper John on beneath the bugger brown and the Copper John would take the next 14 fish. The bugger brown did not attract a single fish.
Pictures of some of the pretties landed Thanksgiving afternoon.