Very nice brown caught on a nymph by Antoine's Bissieux's client. Still getting plenty of good fishing reports from customers & guides. The water may be low, but the fishing is good for many anglers. One upside of low flows is that if there is a hatch, the trout are very prone to rise, due to ease of feeding on the surface (slower currents & shorter distance to surface). The other upside is that it makes it easy to find the fish, they are where there is still some depth & current. Cherry-pick and only fish the best-looking spots right now. We are definitely on the downside of foliage season, but it's still very pretty. I love fishing in October. Streamer fishing is good right now, the trout are aggressive. Peak times are early & late for that, but it can produce at midday too. Flow this morning is 70cfs total in the permanent Catch & Release section, with 53cfs up near the dam in Riverton.
Make sure to adapt to the conditions- use longer
leaders (12' or even
longer), wear drab clothing, be stealthy in your approach, and use smaller flies &
lighter tippets. Main
hatches in the afternoons are Isonychia, Tan/brown Caddis, and small
Blue Wing Olives. Mornings will keep seeing Winter/Summer Caddis.
October trout get aggressive (it's spawning time, plus they put on the
feedbag before winter), so streamers are catching fish- play with
colors & retrieves, some of my clear water fall favorites are white,
black and olive. Sometimes in the normally low/clear waters of fall,
especially on sunny days, slimmer old-school traditional patterns will
outfish the typical modern bulkier flies- try Baby Brown Trout, Grey
Ghost, Black Ghost, Muddler Minnow, Mickey Finn, etc. Riverton (from
just below the dam down through Whittemore) was stocked in late September with
well over 2,000 brown, brook & rainbow trout 12" and bigger, and
not surprisingly has been fishing well up there.
Dries, streamers and nymphs are all catching trout. Look for deeper &
faster water for the best action, spots like that will concentrate the
fish at this lower level.
Blind-fished dries are working well, especially in the quick water.
Bigger dries such
as Stimulators #12-14, Tan Caddis #14-16, and Isonychia #12-14 are all working
well as searching
flies in the afternoons, and can be combined with a nymph dropper for even more action.
When nymphing, try smaller patterns (mostly) such as Zebra Midges #18-20, Yellow
Sally Stonefly nymphs
#14-16, Egg Flies #12-18, Hot Spot Nymphs
Wade's Clinger Nymph #16,
Blue Wing Olive nymphs #16-20, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-18,
Rainbow Warrior #16-18,
Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #14-18, Pheasant
Tails #16-20, Prince
Nymph #14-16 are all working well. Soneflies #8-14 (in black, brown,
and golden/yellow) have been working as well.
We literally have a ton of sale and clearance items at the moment- rods,
reels, lines, etc. We've been getting trade-in rods & reels faster
than we can list them on our website, so make sure to stop in the store
and take a peek, the best stuff goes fast. We just received a pile of
closeout demo Scott rods from our rep, so if you are a fan, check 'em
out ASAP. We also have lots of closeout rods & reels from Sage,
Hardy, Winston, Redington, Echo and others. We are receiving next years
products on a weekly basis, as most of the companies debut their new
stuff in the early fall. This includes the new Hardy Zepherus rods,
Scott Meridian rods, Redington Hydrogen and just about all of the new
rods from Sage. Grady has let me slowly but surely let me beef up our
book selection. There are some fantastic books available that can
shortcut your learning curve big time. Take a peek, and don't be afraid
to ask me (Torrey) for suggestions, I'm a book fanatic. FYI George
Daniel's new streamer fishing book "Strip-Set" just came out,
and it's phenomenal. Local fly tyer/guide/author/streamer fanatic Rich
Strolis is prominently featured.