Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday 11/13/15 Report- uh oh, Friday the 13th....

I was out Wednesday, and there were tons of Olives on the water, and plenty of rising trout. It was a perfect fall, overcast Blue Wind Olive kinda day. Pictured is one of the better trout from that outing, caught on a small nymph (what can I say, I'm just a dirty nympher haha...). Olives are the glamour hatch in November, and they are small- think #22-28, with #24-26 being closer to average. Streamers are still producing well, and water temps are still high enough (50 degrees on Wednesday) that you can fish them aggressively and strip them fast. When temps finally drop into the lower 40's, then you will want to fish your streamers slow & deep . Water level is an excellent & normal 299cfs total flow in the permanent Catch & Release area with 201cfs from the dam in Riverton.

Other than the Olives, we are also seeing Winter Caddis #20-24 most mornings. In the afternoons, until it gets really cold, look for Tan Caddis #16-18, October Caddis #10-14 and Isonychia #14. Effective nymphs include Yellow Stoneflies #8-16, Black Stoneflies 8-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #12, Squirmy Worms #10-14 (red, tan, pink), Hot Spot Baetis #16-20, Blue Wing Olive #16-22, Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Tan Caddis Pupa #14-16, Green/Olive Caddis Larva #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-22, Prince Nymph #12-14. Play with colors on your streamers, lately some of the better ones have been brown/yellow, olive, yellow, and brown. Nothing lighter than 2x on your streamers, and go heavier if you are tossing big ones. 5x fluoro is a good average for your nymphs, and 5x-7x tippet for your dries (depending upon size). Long tippets help with both dries & nymphs: it will give you "S" curves to get a drag-free float with dries, and it will sink faster & with less weight when nymphing.

Don's Beginner Fly Tying Course on 11/14 & 11/21 is almost full, so sign up ASAP if you want in. Call 860-379-1952 to reserve a spot. From now until April 2016, we close at 5pm every day. Our rental apartment is now closed for the season, and will be available again starting in April 2015