The rain and wet weather appears behind us this week, and although most folks are happy to see the sun, the dry-fly fanatics are sad to see it go. Although we may not see thick BWO hatches and fish keying in on adults and emergers on the surface thsi week, there should still be plenty of great fishing to go around.
Dry Fly: With sunny weather forecasted, finding fish eating samll mayflies midday is going to get a lot harder, although there are always a few fish willing to look up and eat in direct sunlight. A larger parachute BWO (#16) trailed by a smaller (#18) foam-post emerger or RS-2 has been a good combo when targeting fish feeding on Blue-Wings. October Caddis are still hanging around and will most likely provide the bulk of topwater action this week. An orange stimi or PMX in #8-12 is a great OC imitation and both patterns fish well both dead-drifted and on the skate.
Sub-Surface: The fish have moved off of the banks and with the cooler weather they are really starting to stack up in the slower buckets and runs. Deep nymphing, especially early in the day is a great way to get down to these fish in the deeper water. A Pat's Stone in either coffee/black or orange/brown in #8-12 has been a great lead fly, with a smaller BWO nymph imitation dropped off the back. Psycho Princes, Copper Johns, Lightning Bugs, RS-2s, and small soft hackles have all been great dropper options in #16-20. If you like fishing streamers, you probably saw some success this last week with the overcast skies. Although brighter this week, the swung or stripped streamer should still be a good tactic, especially if you are looking for larger fish. Dali Llamas, Sculpzillas, Moto Minnows and the always popular Sparkle Minnow have all been fishing well. Streamer preference often depends on the individual throwing them, just make sure to switch color/profile until you find what they're liking!