“Spunky”: For chilly mornings and late afternoons, early season. Traditional name-Black Ghost
“Confucious”: Draws strikes in swirly, unsettled weather in between downpours. Traditional name-Royal Coachman
“Depthuty”: Sunny afternoons mid season, when the surface is quiet. Traditional name-Wooly Bugger
“Lazypants”: Clear days with high pressure, when there is some action on the top, but fish are rolling without gusto. Draws strikes trolling and casting to ripples. Traditional name-Black Gnat, Dry Fly
Hike in overnight to a remote New Hampshire trout pond to fly fish for native brook trout.
This illustrates one reason why it is so hard to move from ponds to rivers. The cool air has trout leaving ripples in rapid fire succession, a phenomena that makes it almost impossible for a fisherman to leave…despite total dehydration and lack of a square lunch. This is my famished 13 year old nephew casting to the ripples on Coffin Pond in Franconia. That’s Cannon Mountain behind him…