1st Day of summer on the Susquehanna North Branch

HenryDavid

Well-known member
I finally hit a hatch on the river when the bass were actually rising. This spot has produced for me in the past and is my Shangri-La for dry fly fishing. Please excuse the poor audio and camera work. This is recorded by a small head mounted action cam which is enclosed in a water proof housing. I'm also constantly pulling it off my head to make sure it's recording.

I ended up with 7 on the fly rod. Here are a couple of video stills including a quick dip in the river.

1st smallie photo.jpg

falling in.jpg

The first clip is the biggest smallie I've caught this season, about a min. long. The 2nd video clip which includes the entire playlist is a little under 15 minutes long. I'll be working on some editing software soon, hopefully make things less painful to watch.


 

HenryDavid

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Great day. What we’re you using? Looks like some kind of popper.
That's a small white popper made by Boogle Bugs, probably a size 10. It turned out to be a pretty good imitation of the Sulphurs that were on the water. I had the popper on before the hatch and as things progressed they were taking it steadily. I'd normally use a traditional dry fly imitation but the smallies can make a mess out of a dry fly and it's a pain to try and keep it floating.

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HenryDavid

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I just priced them, last time I ordered some was 2 years ago. They were for sale on Ebay, with shipping it was around $3 each. Now they are no longer on Ebay and listing for $6.95 + shipping. Nice popper but I'm not paying $11 for one. Melvin's poppers work just as well, maybe he can crank some out at $5 a pop, lol
 

Bootfoot

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I’m not paying $6.95 with free shipping for one. That’s why I tie. It’s my experience that SMB looking up will hit anything on top wether it be a whitefly, a white boodle bug, a white popper or a white gurgler. the white gurgler is a must have for me.
 

HenryDavid

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Tonight was a complete bust with the insects. Temps dropped like a rock, what a difference from 2 days ago, steam coming off the river big time.
 
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