Every time I feel that I’ve neglected my home river this year, I pinch myself and say, hold on. Typically, I don’t get to fish the main stem of the Genesee in New York ’til late May or June because I’m busy on the headwaters and the PA streams till then. This year, whenever I’ve made a periodic check, the river has been flowing high and muddy or there were other circumstances barring my entry there.
Yesterday we enjoyed a rare day of summer beauty in the region, with sunshine and atmospheric clarity, so I decided to look at the river early in the evening– just in time for that “rare day” to become suddenly overcast and showery. Go figure.
Maybe the shift to darkness helped the fishing, maybe not. The flow remained high and turbid from recent rains, and I knew I wouldn’t be wading around much in that water, so I focused on a favorite pool and riffle and got to work.
Small mayflies, plus some larger Cahill and Yellow Drake varieties, were coming off sporadically, and the cedar waxwings had a buffet offering from their high perches along the bank. I love the way they swoop down and make an effortless catch of mayfly or caddis somewhere over my head.
I began with a Light Cahill dry fly trailing a soft-hackle dropper underneath it. The trout preferred the dry fly. When I switched the flies to a single offering, a Yellow Drake comparadun tied for me by Bob Stanton, the fun began.
So it’s mid-July, and the summer prospect for the Genesee looks better than it usually does at this point. The cool night temperatures have helped. My water temperature was 62 degrees, not bad for a late day on the Genny. With luck, the rains will ease a little and the daytime air temps will stay in the comfort zone.