This week I took another trip to Morgan Run. The fishing was good and the trout seem to be spread out evenly in the Klee Mill area. The flows were at a good level and the water remained clear despite the rain we’ve had lately. I caught a number of trout above and down below the bridge, and nymphing was the name of the game! I used a dark stonefly pattern in size 16 with a rainbow warrior inspired dropper in a size 20 most of the time. Most fish seemed to prefer the stonefly pattern.
As far as bugs in the air, I saw what looked like a giant stonefly and one sulphur. There wasn’t much surface activity to be had, but I did catch one small brown on a sulphur parachute style fly in the slower water just south of the bridge. The fish in this slow section hold in about a foot of water and are very wary, so I had to take a very careful approach.
In the boulders section, the deep current seams between rocks seem to hold the most trout. It was not uncommon to get the hit on the first or second drift, so I had to really be on my game detecting the strikes. In a couple of the deep pools above the boulders, I could see a lot of rainbows glued to the riverbed. I drifted a few nymphs by them, and they didn’t even budge. In these situations, I find that its best to try a couple flies and move on if you’re not seeing any action. When I first started fly fishing, I’d spend hours trying to sight fish for the trout that I could see. As most people probably know, it’s not always the best use of our time. I usually give up and if I’m headed upstream anyways, try a stealthier approach in the same spot on my way back downstream.
The boulders area also offers an ideal location to tightline nymph, because there are plenty of structures to hide behind, and the river is not so wide. This makes it easy to cover distances with a 9-10′ rod. I have mostly been fishing my 4 weight 9′ rod, and have found it to be incredibly versatile on this stream. Below is a short video I took of the brown that took the dry fly.