Well it was another great spring steelhead run, thank you all for coming out. Now it is trout season and the fish seem to be very hungry. With the recent rain, the water has some color to it and is on the rise. Streamer fishing has been producing a lot of nice fish and turning some giants. Also with the recent activity of bugs hatch, the trout are looking for bugs on the surface.
It looks like it is going to be a hot and wet this weekend; which means good streamer fishing. We have been doing well on olive and white streamers. We are throwing a lot of articulated bait fish patterns and if you are looking for numbers little leeches have producing as well. I have been using a 300 grain full sinking line with a 8 wt rod. If you do not happen to have that, a 10ft section of T-14 attached to your floating line should get you down as well.
Nymphing and dry fly fishing was putting some nice fish to hand, when the water was low/clear. We were using small Black Stones, Hears Ear, Copper Johns, and Prince Nymphs. Dry fly fishing has also been small Black Stones, Hendricksons, Yellow Sally’s, and Blue Winged Olives. There has also been a few sightings of Gray Drakes as well. We are using 5 wt rods with floating line and 5x to 6x leaders.
Mousing was starting to heat up when the water was low and clear as well. It had a lot of nice fish coming up and rolling and a few committing. Since the water has came up and became dirty, mousing has kind of taken a back seat to the streamer game. But with that being said it is still rolling fish. This is one of the best times to mouse, given that it has been a while since the last person has done it and they have forgot what it is like to get caught on a mouse patterns. Black and natural belly mice have been working the best lately, about medium size. AQ Just remember when mousing, wade carefully and make sure you know the water well. Be careful and “Good Fishing.”