Technically it’s still Summer but Summer like weather left some point last week with full-on Autumn cool, cloudy, and wet weather. The flows have followed suit as well, going from 7,000 cfs to 5,500 cfs. So, can you guess what happens when you have Fall weather and Fall flows? You got it, Fall fishing…which means Blue Winged Olives and streamers are front and center.
We’ve had some of the best dry fly fishing of the year this week and things will only get better as we move into Fall. There are still an impressive amount of PMD’s hatching, along with Mahogany Duns, and B.W.O’s. Look for these hatches to start around 11:00 and last until around 4:00, each day can be a bit different depending on the weather. We also had great luck fishing a terrestrial or general attractor in front of our smaller mayfly patterns. Try a small ant, beetle, a Royal Wulff, even a small hopper. The fish are also moving into surprisingly slow and shallow water so keep your eyes peeled.
When the bugs aren’t hatching most of our guests have been throwing streamers with good success, you can also fish a double nymph rig. A stonefly nymph with a bead head that imitates a BWO nymph will put you on fish.
The bottom line – Don’t let this wet weather keep you off the water the fishing is well worth getting out on the river.
Have a great weekend and swing by the shop to say hello, grab a cup of coffee and some last minute tips or gear.