Location: Lower Canyon
Weather: Partly cloudy, calm with a slight breeze at times, mid 70s
River Conditions: ~2000 cfs @ Umtanum, good clarity, click here for river conditions.
Hot Flies: Fluttering Caddis, La Fontaine Sparkle Pupa, PT Cripple
Bug Scene: Lots and Lots of caddis
As soon as we put on the water around 5 p.m. last night we were into fish eating caddis on the surface. There were thousands of large caddis (#12-16) hatching all afternoon and after dark. There were a few March Browns hatching midday, and some smaller midges that clustered up around the boat. Most of the fish were looking for caddis.
We can't forget the smolt. There are a lot of smaller trout and salmon smolt in the river and we've been gettng into a few fish on smolt patterns.
Fishing Forecast: Wait for the hatch, fish the foam and the pocket
Fish started eating on the surface early in the evening / late in the afternoon in the sunshine. The action has been picking up just as the sun dips below the canyon walls and lasts until after dark. Watch for risers as you work your way down the bank and anchor up when you find them. Fish are holding in pockets and slow currents along the bank. Foam lines and current seams have also been a good place to look for feeding fish. Fishing a tandem dryly rig with some sort of adult caddisfly pattern, like an Elk Hair Caddis (#12-16) or a Fluttering Caddis (#12-16) as a point fly, and an emerger like a CDC Emerger (#12-16) or a LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa (#12-16) as a trailing fly, doubles your odds of hooking up and covers two different life cycles of the insect. Make sure to bring a headlamp if you’re going to be out late in the evening.