Thursday, September 21, 2017

Feels like summer again

Hi Folks, Been hot on the water this week.  Loading up on the sun tan lotion.  Unseasonably warm, and the water is low and we could really use some steady rain.  Water levels are dropping and it is getting pretty skinny in our rivers. River temperatures have risen to the upper sixties.  Still lots of bug activity and the trout have been rising every afternoon.  I have been seeing #12 Isonychia, #18-#20 BWOs, #8-#10 Stone Flies, and #16 caddis.  We have been nymphing up trout in heavy riffles with a #12 zug bug with a #18 BWO dropper under an indicator.  Once the fish begin rising we have been switching to a #12 grey bodied parachute.  The trick to getting the fish to eat the dry fly is being patient in observing the trout rise.  Getting a sense of the pattern and rhythm of the rising fish makes it much easier placing your cast right in their feeding lane.  Observing the rise form also helps to determine what type of bug the fish are eating and maybe at what stage.  It looked apparent to me the last couple of days that the fish went from gulping duns to sipping spinners.  The foliage is starting to turn and it is really nice on the water currently.  I will be out there again today with guests.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy