With the potential for rain this week, expect water levels to return to normal. We have had an unseasonably dry spring. As waters rise expect to find stained to water. These are some of the best conditions for streamer fishing. They may put the bugs down a little but expect to see caddis, browns, sulphurs making and emergence with the warmer weather to follow. Water temps 52-58 area wide. If your nymphing, you’ll find trout gorging on worms. These rains wash a lot of them into our streams. If that’s not your style, crane fly lava are a huge part if the trout’s diet as well. Caddis are still the main food source on top. If you can find some clear water and see feeding fish. Your traditional elk hair with readily fool them. Have fun.
Get out and fish. – Guide Jerry
Fishing report. With the cooler temperatures this week anticipate water temps to come back down to comfortable. Some water temp readings over the opening weekend were 60+. Trout aren’t so happy but neither is the angler. Expect water temps to drop back into the low to mid 50’s. Water level will return to normal in short order.
Hatches caddis, browns, olives are your main food source. Few fish have begun to take beetles and ants also.
Fishing beneath the surface remains solid with fish really putting on the feed bag. Underneath is a bowl of bug soup right now. Caddis, mayflies, worms, scuds, crane flies, you name it they’re eating it. Don’t stress on the patterns too much. Fish you confidence flies and they will eat. Heck, fish your no confidence flie, drift it right, and they’ll eat. The fish are happy.
Get out and fish! Guide Jerry
Caddis! Caddis! Caddis!
They are here and in great numbers. For all the dry fly fishers that have been waiting to throw something larger than a size 18 fly. With the warm up this week look for superb dry fly action on our local streams. Carry and array of sizes with you. They are taking anything from size 18(if you’re into that) to size 12 Caddis imitations. Your elk hairs will devastate their dinner plans. Underneath the water(if you insist), pink squirrels, caddis pupas, PT’s all in larger sizes 14-10 are taking fish. They are putting on the feed. Leeches and streamers fished to shaded banks or in off colored water are still taking some very nice fish. Get out and fish! Enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve got coming.
Fishing report Local waters are still experiencing some off color but expected to clear quickly barring no major rain events. Water temps locally 50-52 area wide. With water temps in the 50s, its caddis time. Lots of Little blacks and a few tans in the mix. BWOs are still around in good numbers. Sizes 18 for little blacks and 14s for tans. BWOs size 18a and 16s. Underneath the surface, caddis pupas, Frenchies, and PTs. When in doubt pink squirrel or San Juan still super effective. All taking fish. With the slightly off colored water streamer and leeches are still catching fish also. Good luck. Get out and fish.
Water temps 48-54 area wide. Water levels are low and clear. Fish are spooky but super happy to eat. With the water temps climbing into the 50’s the caddis are starting to make their emergence. Seeing varying sizes on the stream. Anything from size 14-18. With the majority of bugs on the smaller size. Midge and olives are still around. With the latest heat wave they may become less important and the fish will key in on the caddis more. Underneath the surface, fish your buggy bodied nymphs. Pink squirrels, caddis pupas, hares ears, sizes 16s and 14s. If they’re being fussy your size 14-16 PTs will fill the bill nicely. Fish are still really excited about streamers and leeches too. Fish them where you can find some shade. With this weeks forecast for rains the systems will get a good charge. It’s gonna be a great season. Get out and fish! Guide Jerry
With recent rain events all local streams are very plump full right now. I would suggest you give it a few days to let the ststems return to normal. The hex and brown drake fishing locally has been pretty good but with this heavy rain fall it will put them down for a little while. If you insist on getting out, try the smaller waters. Some streams are returning to their banks. We are fast approaching terrestrial season as the days are warmer and the water temps warming, carry an array of ants and beetles with you. As far as aquatics, caddis, sulphurs, and brown drakes in the evenings, pre hex will bring some fish to hand. Beneath the surface, large scruffy flies and San Juans are catching fish. With the high water don’t over look streamers. Water temps will vary on our systems 58-66 degrees. Go get em- Guide Jerry!