Mandy with a perfect 19" (yes, measured!) female brown she nymphed up Sunday- notice the intact adipose & nice fins, this one is either a multi-year holdover or a wild fish. Looks beautiful today, with sunshine and a high of 55, not windy at all. Water temps are averaging upper 40's to mid 50's, depending upon the day and time of day. Despite very low water (70cfs total flow in permanent Catch & Release section), the fishing remains good to excellent for many people. The upsides to low water are: 1) more fish rising when there is a hatch, and 2) it concentrates the fish and makes reading the water very easy. Unless you see rising trout, skip the shallow and/or very slow spots and cherry pick the best water (where you have depth & current). Sunday's overcast, mild weather saw good hatches of Olives, Iso's & Caddis. Look for Blue Winged Olive hatches to increase as we move into November, but be prepared with the proper small patterns (#24-28 dries/emergers/spinners), 12' leaders and light tippet (7x). Cooling temps mean that other than the morning hatch of Winter Caddis, the bugs will be active & hatching in the afternoons when water temps are highest and it's also the most comfortable time of day to fish (some nights have been below freezing in our neck of the woods). Make sure to have fingerless gloves, warm hats, thick wool socks, and layers of thermals & fleece if you are out in the mornings or on colder days. Long Range highs average in the 50's, with lows in the 30's to 40's. We will FINALLY see some actual rain on Wednesday into Thursday morning, with about 2" predicted- the whole state could certainly use this. While many trees have lost their leaves, there is still quite a bit of nice fall color on the hillsides.
For optimal success, make sure to adapt to the low water 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 see Winter/Summer Caddis. Fall 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 olive, white,
black. 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. Having said that, we are getting good reports from the dam in Riverton, all the way down through Unionville.
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 #16-22, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-18,
Rainbow Warrior #16-18,
Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #14-18, Pheasant
Tails #16-22, 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.