July 27-29, 2019
The next morning we set off to the Upper. I began assembling my four weight rod and debated whether to fish dries exclusively or try for some fish subsurface throughout the day. This decision would dictate which reel I'd use. Ultimately I chose to fish exclusively with dries. Starting with a hopper fly it didn't take long before I managed my first fish. I'd catch more sporadically throughout the morning. Eventually I caught up with Kelly where he gave me a BWO wally wing fly after landing a respectable 12 incher. With the BWO I caught several more before I got bored with catching smallish fish. None of my fish were bigger than 8 inches. So I headed back to the truck for lunch while Kelly continued to fish.
Came back to the upper and finished the day catching more smallish fish on dries.
July 28. 2019
I did notice a pod of large fish in a feeding lane. I casted upstream of them hoping my dry fly would entice them only to have a small brook trout take above the pod. I tried to line him in without disturbing the bigger fish. I released the fish and casted upstream but failed to place it where I wanted. So I recasted rather uglily as the cast collapsed but fell directly where I wanted it so I let ride. The fly submerged which I wanted and as it drifted through the feeding lane I lost sight of it but I noticed a fish act as if he took. Not sure if he took my fly or not I lifted the rod rather unconfidently and a fish was on. I knew it was a nice fish but had no clue until I managed to get her closer. She made several great runs and I couldn't do much to her with such a soft light rod but eventually wrangled her in. She was holdover fish from the lake, fat like a football. With that it was noon and I quit gave the hole to Kelly and he gave it a shot. I told him to retie with a nymph. All he had were wet flies and I told him to go with that. After a few drifts I told him to add the smallest split shot he had. It wasn't long until he had a fatty on as well. Unfortunately his broke off and we decided that was enough as it was just past noon and time to head home for the long drive.