Sean McCormack somewhat by chance seven years ago at the Marlborough, MA fishing show where he invited me to join him for a float down the Kennebec River; water he knows like the backs of his hands. This trip has become a fortunate tradition for me and it has taken on a life of it's own. Each year we drift along in a continuum of conversation, experience and gear testing. This year I brought my friend Jeff Florman and we floated the Solon section of the river. Sean has a particular interest in dry fly presentations but we spent most of our time throwing streamers at the bank, imparting action to them in hopes of enticing consistent activity from fish too uninspired to grab bugs off the surface because hatches were either too Spartan or inconsistent. Conditions were excellent (flow levels and weather) for this earlier-than-usual drift.
sculpin pattern that was akin to what I would typically throw while holding an 8wt. in my striper skin. I felt right at home lobbing casts and imparting action with a 5wt. in the freshwater. Jeff winged a Gartside maribou streamer with a bullet head and even hurled a dropper streamer in certain deep sections. To our satisfaction, many presentations were met with aggressive acceptance. The catch list included browns, brookies, salmon, river tarpon (chubs) and a smallmouth. The rainbow eluded us.
surprises. We all smiled inwardly as the fish was released into the dark water. Sean rowed to the take out where we broke down rods, stowed wading gear, closed boxes and covered the boat to be trailered away until next time.
Photos by Jeff Florman and Steve Stracqualursi