I went to toss streamers this morning in the rain. I did so for a few reasons.... the conditions will be absolute garbage for a few days so I had to take what was given to me, and I had a hunch. In the spring large mole salamanders, most notably spotted salamanders, migrate to vernal pools on warm stormy nights to spawn. Last night fit the bill perfectly. I have heard of fish being caught that coughed up salamanders, or that had salamanders in their stomach. I was sure that some salamanders would have to cross the river and undoubtedly if there were enough of them it would create a bit of a feeding frenzy.
I got to the stream, put on an articulated streamer, and caught a nice brook trout. This is what it spit up:
I love it when a plan comes together. Almost every fish I caught had a full stomach, and a little gentle feeling identified the source. It was all salamanders. The best flies were a tan and brown Boogie Man and a black Cheech Leech, just as I expected. I didn't catch too many fish because the front slowed the last hour of fishing, but I got seven or eight and that was enough for a short rainy day outing!