Not a lot has changed since our last report, except the air temps are starting to look like what we typically see in July: mid-to-upper 90's with overnight lows up close to 60 degrees. What does this mean for you, the angler? It means fishing early and late, and leaving the middle of the day to the tubers. Sure you can nymph up some fish during the middle of the day, but summer time is dry-fly season, and there are some great opportunities to catch fish on top on the edges of the day.
During the morning hours, the fish are looking up for stonefly imitations for the most part, so flies like Chubby Chernobyls, PMXs, and Stimulators will be solid producers, with sizes #10-12 being the most productive. As far as color goes, don't be afraid to mix it up. While summer stones are tan in color, purple, red, orange and royal are all proven producers this time of year. In the evening, the previously mentioned big dry-flies will fish well, along with a number of patterns that imtitate our evening caddis hatches. If the fish are looking up for caddisflies, an elk hair in #14-16 trailed by a cdc emerger is pretty hard to beat.
We hope to see you out on the water early or late, and whatever time you choose to fish, don't forget to drink lots of water and stay up on the sunscreen! Have a fishy week folks!