We are chasing fish in some very nice weather right now. Almost T-shirt warm.
The best dry fly fishing is on the cloudy days….but on bright days bring your bobber set up!
Did I mention that SKWALLAS are here!!!!!
They just arrived yesterday and are appearing for a limited time…..tie’em or buy’em.
Casey dials it in!
This season is hard to predict…….feels like Spring, looks like Winter…..
The fish weren’t looking up like a few days ago…..
So, we nymphed, our way to success.
It’s not about more drifts……it’s about one perfect drift, and Casey found it.
Midges, and Baetis are the main course being served, but, Skwallas are around soon.
Some little Winter Stones are appearing too.
Have fun, get after it now!!!!!
We are into a warm stretch……day time temps are enough to make the trees shed their natural flocking.
We have about 10″ of snow in town, but it will melt fast in these conditions.
Yesterday we walked on a hard surface crust, and found going easy.
I went out without a coat for my afternoon fishing session. A fish buddy took a walk with me to hunt risers. We both hooked up after a few tries…nice colorful Bows.
We don’t blind drift, but wait for our quarry to show a nose. THEN we play a little baseball….you get three drifts, then it’s my turn…..You can hook them on dries, nymphs, and streamers….not sure what else you want? Midges are a mainstay of the bug menu right now, with a BWO hatch mid morning, and then a spinner fall after lunch.
There were a mix of sizes….a larger sz16 BWO,,,down to sz20.
We saw two very large splashy rises, that may mean Skwallas are starting to emerge. I will let you know………
Flows are very nice,200+cfs in town, 340cfs in the canyon. clear and 38deg, and you can hook almost at will if you have the chops…..if not, give me a shout.
I’d love to acquaint you with our locals. Parking is an issue…no seasonal parking on the street, be very careful when parking off road.
We have settled into our winter groove.
High-noon fishing is in vogue with dries if you look for noses.
Nymphing slow water will work too…….
BWOs and the deadly Midge, are the main food forms.Sz 20 or so….
Down in the canyon it’s 270cfs and really pretty.
Slow streamer swings may provide…..try some yellow…
There is a little ice hiding in the shade near the water. The spiders that fly just before winter, have flown……..The Birds are almost all gone. Just the tough ones hang all winter. Fishing is switching to winter mode a bit more every day…maybe a couple weeks till it comes.
The bugs are getting fewer, and smaller. Baetis and Midges. Oh my……..sz 20 and down smaller. Seeing many swirls just under the surface….try fishing the film.
Get it now to avoid the snow…….really beautiful out there!
Ok, so it’s cooling off nicely……
Fish are looking up…….
Been getting a surgical drifts, and getting enthusiastic feedback.
Did 3 drifts for a 19″ Brown….
I love Fall…..
Hoppers are the special right now…..match them closely to the ones on the bank for best results…
The fish are highly suspicious after 6 months of pestering…..
Midges are many……and a good choice.
Baetis and some Infrequines too….A few Glossisoma Caddis as well.
October Caddis are on deck…….might already be a few out in the evenings….
When fishing high noon, use mud on your leader…the fish are shopping hard, give them your best sales pitch!
Crays are also on the menu.
The critters are grouping up…..won’t be long now.
If you were smart and avoided summer fishing, it’s time to lock and load!!!!!!
Call if I can help…….and I can.
I’ll be honest (of course), we need cooler temps, and they may be coming….
The fish are tired of us flogging them……and warmer water having less oxygen, makes fish feel lethargic and a little stressed. I often take time out from fishing this time of year, but still go to the water every day to see……..yesterday I just sat and watched rising fish, it would have been easy to catch them, but it was nice just to watch. I am a fish voyeur……….
I did throw an Adams dry to a duck that was passing by, he turned to eat…….of course I pulled it away before he ate it! Was just practicing my presentation….ha!
Besides, I knew better than play a Mallard on a 4 weight………I once played a California Gull on a 5 weight and was under gunned…..
Osprey have moved from hunting over lakes where warm surface water has sent fish deeper, to hunting the T because flows are lower and they can find fish.
Mergansers are fledged and on their own, but hanging with other first year birds seeking fry for dinner. This is a sign of Fall approaching…..
I’m also seeing night hawks in numbers feeding at dusk. Lots of berry-pit bear scat to show that the bears are happy……Many deer down from the hills too…
Finding October Caddis already sealed off and pupating…..seems early to me.
Some shrubs are taking on Fall color. Grass is Golden and dry……
Seeing smoke on the water in the mornings…….soon it will be fishy time again…
Every year is different, and we await this year’s finish……..stay tuned…….
Thought I would share the joy….My buddy Andy scored his Brown on a sz 18 Baetis dry.
Practice does make perfect………
We have clouds today! Always nice to get a break from the sun………The fish do not like it much……..so I feel sorry for the folks that prowling about at high noon.
Not exactly working with the fish………
The flows are nice in volume, but not in temp…….67-68 degrees at dusk. About time for a Hoot Owl closure in the afternoon.
But with clouds, we can fish straight through to dark. Hope you are out today……
Bugs are happening! We have a variety to choose from, so go ask a fish what they like….. PMDs, Infrequines are starting….Baetis at times. Caddis are raging in the evenings…..Hoppers are on the menu on breezy afternoons…..beetles and Ants are also being served.
We are hard into summer……
Had a young fisherman out this week.
We stalked a nice brown, his first, and it looked like the fish was going to win!
But this guy had more game than the fish. He said…NO! you can’t go underneath that tree…….
A March Brown properly presented was his undoing………
We are seeing Golden stones, PMDs, Carpenter Ants, BWOs, Midges, and Hoppers are starting to hop!
Get a good drift…..and maybe mud that leader……
Flows are lower every day. temps around 60 deg.
Won’t be long till it’s too warm to fish………..
Last evening, as I walked back to the truck, I saw a dead tree swarming with Brewers Blackbirds…….no other trees had any activity, so I went to take a look. Termites were emerging in large numbers. Some birds ate them as they came out of a hole in the tree. Others were eating on the wing, but everyone was feeding like it was a last meal.
Every year we have an emergence of Ants…….little black and red ones…numerous and tasty apparently. Then, we have the big black Carpenter Ants…….Most folks that own a home made of wood dislike these large wood eaters…….We also have Termites flying as well…….The good news is…….. the Trout love them! Full of formic acid they are the fishes version of sweet tarts…Bitter but yummy!
So when you see these bugs out and about, serve them up…….either as a dry, or thoroughly drowned. It happens once a year…..are you ready?