The two highlights of the weekend were evening midge hatches, and polaroiding. To midges first, and we’re starting to see the benefits of all that grass being flooded a few months ago. Midge numbers are booming, and come evening, any patch of glassy or lightly-rippled water is likely to be broken by the classic tail-wagging ‘rises’ of trout gorging on chironomid pupa. In fact, Mark rates the rise on Cabin Lake last night as the biggest midge rise he’s seen at Millbrook – and after 25 years fishing and guiding here, that’s saying something!
As for the polaroiding, despite all the rain and runoff, some lakes are beautifully clear and given half-decent light, we’re polaroiding trout cruising the bays and edges. They’re typically fussy early season fish, but some are absolute beauties and worth putting in the effort to fool.
Beetles – both aquatic and terrestrial – are also beginning to feature. All up, spring is off to a good start.