It is go time folks! The river is in great shape here and early September, and today we have seen the onset of some cooler fall weather. The fishing has been great river-wide, and there are fish to be had on dries, nymphs, streamers and soft-hackles, as well as both single-hand and two-handed techniques. October Caddis, Stoneflies and Craneflies have been the predominant hatches, although we are just starting to see some BWOs pop with this cooler, wetter weather. Regardless of where you fish in the system, focus on shorter floats (if you are in a boat) or smaller sections of water (if you are wading), and work the water over thoroughly. With low flows, the fish are podded up and where there's one, there are usually a lot more!
A little cooler and windier today but the fish are still there and still eating. Nymphing has been the most productive with fish eating rubberlegs stones, October Caddis pupa, and a variety of smaller BWO-esque nymphs like Copper Johns, WD-40s and smaller PTs. Dry-dropper fishing has been good in the shallower boulder gardens with a chubby trailed by a small tungsten bug. Fishing October Caddis and Cranefly dries when the sun is off the water has been getting some love as well, especially when fished on the skate.
The smoke is gone! Well, not all the way, there is still a ing of haze surrounding the valley, but we have been seeing blue sky and cooler temps over the last few days which has been a nice change of pace from the last several weeks. The dry-fly fishing, which was good midday with the heavy smoke last week, has slowed down a bit, although there have been some fish looking up once the sun leaves the water in the evening hours. Dry-dropper or nymphing has been the best bet fishing midday, and we are starting to see the fish keying in on the smaller fall bugs in #16-18. Hopefully we will start to see some cooler weather towards the end of September, which will move the fish out of the faster water and into the deep buckets and troughs. There is a lot to look forward to over the coming weeks, we hope to see you out on the water this fall!
#8-12 Chubby Chernobyl (red, purple, orange, royal)
#8-10 Morrish October Caddis
#8-10 Flexi Girdle Bug (Peacock)
#6-8 Foam Crane
#14 YB Hare's Ear
#8-12 Pat's Stone (orange, tan, coffee/black)
#16-18 Lightning Bug (purple, pearl)
#16-18 Copper John (red, pink, black)
#16-18 Psycho Prince (red, purple)
#16-18 WD-40 (olive, black)