About this time last year I wrote a brief post about a near perfect day on the water. Somewhere in the post I mention that among other things much of my success on that day had to do with an itch in my subconscious, or circannual rhythm, triggered by an unseasonably warm day which nudged me out the door towards the water and that particular spot. A nagging notion, if you will, that things may be about to come right.
Well, that itch returned last Saturday, almost exactly a year to the date, and I again found myself wandering up 11E towards Rutledge on a hunch and a promise from TVA for a low water schedule somewhere towards the middle of the day. Almost a year to the date, which I had to check, the same conditions prevailed: a better than descent caddis hatch and a bunch of big happy fish sipping them lazily from the surface.
While holiday obligations prevented me from fishing more than a few hours, the fish and I more than made up for it during our brief time together. Like last year, I could do virtually no wrong as every presentation of the size 16 caddis was rewarded with an eat. As the afternoon moved on and the hatch began to wain I again made the switch to a much larger Elk Hair caddis in a size 10 with a bead head sparkle puppa dropper.
Like last year, the afternoon fish were only rising sporadically, however, if they rose once and you were quick to make a presentation you were more often than not at least rewarded with at least a rejection. In the case of my last fish on Saturday, he rose behind me in the head of the pool just downstream from my position. Close enough for me to present my dry-dropper rig from the side, I made the cast and the fish ate. And just like last year, whether it was intuition, luck, or late season low expectations. I again found precisely what I was looking for in the sideways golden sun of that late November afternoon. Any guess where you'll find me next year?
"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." -William Cullen Bryant
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