Saturday, August 9, 2014

small stream action

Hi Folks, Been keeping out of trouble guiding small streams with the fly.  Water temperatures have cooled off with nice night time temperatures in the low fifties.  I have found water temperatures from 59 degrees to 62 degrees.  Spent the other morning river fishing for bass and the water temperature had dropped to 66 degrees.  Slowed down the bass bite as we were not able to get a surface take.  We resorted to nymphing with #8 black stone fly patterns and #10 golden stone pattern.  We caught a couple of smallmouth and one really large fall fish but we worked for them.  On the flip side, the trout fishing has been excellent.  I like dry fly fishing so the small brooks are a perfect fit.  Nutrient poor brooks mean not a lot food for the fish so they have to eat when presented with the opportunity.  #12/#14 Stimulators, Wulff patterns, Hoppers, and Caddis all work. Yesterday we had well over a dozen wild rainbows and native brook trout come to the fly.  A lot of fun in clear water watching the fish move from their holding areas to eat.  Due to the clarity of the water, the spook factor is in full effect.  You see the dark shape dart off when you spook a fish.  Up stream fishing is in order.  Off to chase trout this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy