It is once again beautiful and fishy. The 3 foot of powder we received, has reduced to one foot of pack. Snow shoes are a good idea, but much can be done if you charge it……. The conditions are still consistent, water flows low, clear and 35deg. Bug menu is still the same. BWOs and Midges of course…. BUT, Skwallas are starting to migrate towards shore. Won’t be long now…..Tye’em or buy’em!! I’m watching the Dippers, because they love a big bug, and waiting on Robins too…… Avoid the weekends mostly for quiet time on the water. See you out there.
We have very little snow on the ground, so I need you all to think snow.
We still have another month or two for it to come, but if not, it may be a low flow season. Water experts are saying we are below 50% of normal. But since we have had 300 year droughts in our regional pre-history…… I always tell people to fish now…..But since winter may not come, fish now…….
The water is very clear and below 35deg. Baetis and Midges of course.
This season has seen more pressure than usual. So bring extra sneak. Don’t just wade in and flog them. Sit for a while near a good spot, stay low and slow, then make as few perfect drifts as possible. A small Indy that’s camo…clear or white is a good idea. In low water fish are hip to bobbers. They know about rod movement too…. I recommend a water load cast upstream as far as possible. Then tend the drift like it may be your last.
I have a new take on the number of drifts to make for a fish. When I do a seine for bugs, I do it for one minute then make a count of specimens. If I have 5 Baetis in the net, I won’t make more than 5 drifts in a minute (BPM). We have a tendency to over fish I think, so this is my way of not putting them off. Because as I always say, don’t let the fish know you are coming. Surprise them for best results.
Conditions are very Spring-like and pleasant right now, but some weather is on the way. I think it’s better fishing when cloudy.
Thanks for joining me for another season!
The month is half way gone, but fishing is still on!
It has been very nice out in the fall sense…..I was waiting for more to post on.
Now it’s winter! But the fishing continues.
It’s chilly with some snow on the ground……Days like today it’s worth a walk whether you are fishing or not. Beautiful to say the least.
Water temps are stable at 40ish….air during the day is near freezing.
If you fish with the line locked off on the corks you can fish without the freezing line.
Menu has settled in with Baetis and Midges as the mainstay…….
A few risers if you a sharp eyed fisher…..
I suggest you go down and get your new license before New Years, that way you can build momentum on the year.
Be safe out there!
A pleasant time of year up here. Most visitors have returned home till the resorts open. We got our first dusting of snow, which melted immediately due to warm ground and warmer days. Some snow still lurks in shady spots, so hike with care. The flows are now low and colder (48), and very clear. Bring layers of clothes…socks and fleece , and a wind breaker is good.. Wade carefully as well, the rocks are coated with slime this time of year. The fish are overworked and buyer averse…….but that doesn’t mean we can’t find them, just that they can self release at a speed I have not seen in 30 years here. I tend to fish a little farther away because of this shyness…a little lighter leader is a good call, along with a longer drift…. The bug population has dwindled to our winter menu. Two primary food forms for the next few months. BWOs, and midges…a few little glossasoma Caddis still around. Occasional risers so carry a dry at the ready. Apply your best sneak….Rule #1 is in full effect, don’t let them know you are coming. See you on the water.
Have had a difficult time keeping up with my blog with the covid closing the coffee shop I normally haunt. Many clients to guide as well…….a few beginners, as well as a few gunfighter level fishers. It is the time to hunt……..
2-3 different mayflies coming off late. A few small Caddis, and the occasional October Caddis…but they are done for the most part. The menu is becoming more limited, winter approaches. Warm enough to still have a few grass hoppers around……. Water temps are down to 56, with some smoke on the water at sun up.
The fishing hoards have mostly gone, so you can find some quiet time on the water. Give me a shout to walk the water!
One off my best recent students with a nice Truckee Brown!
Warm conditions in August kept me off the water most of the month. The smoke from fires has kept the flows cooler and some cooler nights have helped a lot.
Fish are catch-able if you fish well. They are tougher this year since the season started in Feb.
No Oct. Caddis yet, but I have my fly box stocked. Hoppers are still around, and Midges are on the fishes mind.
A Baetis nymph works too……
Smokey skies right now, best air, first thing in the morning.
Going to be tough for a while.
The big October Caddis are running a bit early……pupating already.
It hasn’t changed much this last month…..The Green Drakes have faded away till next year…..sigh.
BUT, we have Golden Stones, and little Yellow Sallies in the house. Caddis are happening too. Several sizes…..12 through 20.
Has been windy a bit….had a guy out who found casting hard above 20mph….
So, I had him wind dap for a fish instead. Took about a minute for a fish to accept.
We bobber hard mid-day, swing a streamer way early, and late. Possibility of some dry action mid-day, and just before dark.
Try a hopper at high noon and afterwards when the wind hoots up.
PMD spinnerfall in the afternoon and evenings.
Did a seine for bugs and found Baetis popping, along side of tiny flying ants sz18-20.
The fishing pressure is intense along all of the river. Be sneaky for best results.
IT’S TIME! We’ve waited all winter for warm days and cold water. The flows in town are soooooo nice. 367cfs and blue/clear.
Bugs are a poppin! The menu is getting deeper…..Caddis are starting to flutter, Dobson flies too.
Flavalina are aflying. March Browns are the special right now. BWOs come off if we get a cloud.
The water is thick with fishers. Naturally spaced apart of course. Flogging is apparently in vogue as a Covid deterrent.
The fish are getting attention on all parts of the river. Be as sneaky as you can manage. Get that first drift in there for best results. Around here now, if they see or hear you coming it can feel like a ghost town. Limit rod movement, watch your shadow, no splashy casts! Mud your leader in open sun for best results fishing a dry.
I would expect more action nymphing though. March browns come off about 1:00 and return to the water at about 3:00pm for the spinner fall. Have fun………
My fishing buddy C, has been teaching the fish some lessons. Dry fly (March brown sz16) on the switch rod waaaaay over there.
The last few years I have been fishing/teaching far with the big stick for fun.
Takes some practice to make a fine presentation to fish in the next county. Terribly sneaky………
When I say don’t fish like the other guy, I mean fishing with the standard 9′ 5wt, among other things.
The fish do know what we are up to so approaching things differently helps……….
We had a spike of 700cfs last night due to rain and snow. The water temp dropped from 51deg. to 45. From near 400 to 1100 in a few hours. Color is still pretty good. Fish are not crazy about dramatic jumps in flow or temps, so maybe let the river stabilize before you attack..2-3 inches of snow will melt fast and contribute to rising flows.
That will stir up some food for the finny guys. It will force them to the edges and within reach of folks with a short stick for a few days. We are in the middle of the March Browns right now, with a side of BWOs if gray skies are happening.
Flying Carpenter Ants are on hold until it warms again.
The Green Drakes are starting to move about in preparation for their emergence. Crays were starting to appear, but also are on hold till the temps come back up, they like it above 50 deg. There has been lots of fishing pressure, so the fish are getting tough early this year. Bring your A game. If you should want to develop your A game, let me know, because that is what I enjoy most! Helping create the angler that you want to be…….scary good.