This was the weekend of the much anticipated Catskills trip for a group of anglers from the Westchester fishing forum. It was a really fun trip and great to meet these guys and fish together. Things weren't looking so good when we arrived, though. I drove up with Eric and our first glimpse of the East Branch was disappointing to say the least- it looked like the Willy Wonka Chocolate River. We drove into camp as sheets of yet more rain turned the dirt road into an instant muddy mess. We sat in the truck and wondered if the weekend was going to be a bust. Fortunately, the rain didn't last long and we got out and checked out our "bear den" cabin. Right away the neighbors greeted us in unison... "BROS!!". There were over a dozen college kids in the cabin next door and evidently they were here to party. Hard. This was not looking good. Luckily, things only got better from here on out. We met the rest of the crew as they arrived and had some beers around the fire as we talked shop and figured out a plan of attack. The guys were all great- super friendly, knowledgeable, and very psyched to fish. After a sleepless night back at s̶p̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶b̶r̶e̶a̶k̶ the bear den, we upgraded to a cabin far away from the madness and life improved.
Feeling unsatisfied, we returned to this spot in the morning. I really thought that nymphing here might give us a chance to connect with one of these big trout. But again, no dice. We quickly went to the other section that had produced trout the day before and finished off the morning with a steady pick of smallish fish while nymphing the riffles. And then it was time to hit the road. I feel like this trip got me a little bit closer to understanding how to fish this area, but I still have so much to learn. The knowledge of a guide would be invaluable here and hopefully I'll get the chance to hire one on another visit. All of that aside, this was a really fun trip with some great anglers who were a pleasure to meet and fish with. I can't wait to do it again.