Weather: Sunny, slight wind, mid 70s
River Conditions: Low and clear, 1500 cfs @ Umtanum, 60° F
Hot Flies: Fluttering Caddis, Purple Haze, PT Cripple
Bug Scene: Caddis in your face
There were a lot of caddis flying around the canyon this afternoon/evening. Fish were definitely looking for them on soft edges in deeper water, and seams and foam lines in featureless water. There was a decent March Brown hatch that died off around 5:30 p.m. and a few Salmonflies on the water. We should see more good mayfly hatches if there is cloud cover. The smolt were out and active, meaning it may be time to swing/strip white/olive streamers to imitate them.
Fishing Forecast: Look for risers
There were fish feeding on the surface throughout most of the drift last night. Watch ahead of the boat or down the bank and look for fish feeding on the surface so you can set up to cast to them. Look for foam lines, soft edges near the bank and around structure like trees and boulders. The Fluttering Caddis worked great to imitate the large, dark-colored caddis we are seeing right now and the Purple Haze worked great to mimic the March Browns and other mayflies we are seeing on the river. Be aware that the smolt and small trout are feeding right now and that you might have to work through the pods of smaller fish before getting to larger trout. Casting smolt-pattern streamers to structure and stripping them from the boat or swinging from the bank can get you into some larger fish right now as they look towards these protein-packed meals swimming about the water column.