Location: Upper River
Weather: Partly cloudy, highs in the mid 60s. Slight breeze
River Conditions: ~1500 cfs @ Horlick 5-6 feet visibility, ~2300 cfs @ Umtanum, 1-2 feet visibility. Water conditions can be found at this link.
Hot Flies: TB Hare's Ear, La Fontaine Sparkle Pupa, Jigged PT Nymph
Bug Scene: CADDISflies and March Browns
There were a few BWOs hatching in the morning with more caddis and other mayflies like March Browns and PMDs coming out later in the day. Insects were more active when there was no breeze and when the clouds covered the sun. There were a variety of mayfly and caddisfly nymphs active along the bottom of the river all day. We aren’t seeing as many stoneflies or salmonflies higher in the river, but some of our guides have been doing good on stonefly patterns further down.
Fishing Forecast: Fish eating caddis in the evenings, nymphing consistent midday
The nymphing has been consistent during the day, with fish looking for March Brown and caddis nymphs. Patterns like Jigged Pheasant Tails (#12-16) and TB Hare’s Ears (#14-18) have been successful. Fish these 4-5 feet under an indicator and in heavy water, around large boulders and behind drop-offs. Fish aren’t eating on the surface much during the sunlight during the day. Fish will eat on the surface whenever there is cloud cover and when the sun starts to get low in the evenings. Fishing two flies like a Fluttering Caddis (#12-16) and a LaFontaine Caddis Emerger (#14-16) in tandem has been our go-to setup, as well as Purple Haze (#12-16) and Adams (#12-16) to imitate hatching March Browns and PMDs.