The evening dry-fly fishing is still going strong, and that trend should continue throughout the month of July. Our guide staff has been fishing the lower canyon, nymphing #12-14 tungsten bugs like YB hare's ears and jigged PT's as well as brown/black Pat's Stones when the sun is high. Once the shade hits the water it's time for the big bugs, and a #10 tan or purple chubby trailed by a #14-16 cdc caddis emerger has been getting it done on top. If the fish refus the chubby, try a low-rider like a royal or peacock PMX in similar sizes. The evening bite and morning bite have both been good for the dry fly, right now it's best to be off the water when the day is warmest and the "rubber hatch is in full force.
The big dry-fly fishing has started to get really good in the canyon, with the last few hours of daylight being the best time to be on the water. Chubbies in tan and purple, stimulators, PMX; they're all getting some love, just keep those bugs on the smaller side, between #8-10. Trailing a cdc cadis emerger off the back of your big dry will help seal the deal on those picky fish that are feeding selectively on caddis. With flows slowly but steadily increasing, the fish will be pushing closer and closer to the banks, so make those who can cast tight, accurate loops will be rewarded.
The fishing over the weekend stayed consistent, with more and more dry fly opportunity as the summer rolls on. We are getting a slow but steady increase in flows, and with that increased volume the fish will push up closer to the banks and become more aggressive, especially to topwater presentations. We have been seeing more and more adult stoneflies on the banks, so fish those big bugs early and late, dropping a tungsten bead PT or hare's ear off of the back of your big dry when the sun is bright. We hope you all have a safe and fishy 4th!