There are two main hatches on the river right now. In the mornings we are having good luck fishing size 8 Skwala adults. Bodie, shown below landed this beauty using an adult Skwala and a Size 18 BWO split back as a dropper. A transitional dun or sparkle dune both size 18 are producing well when you see the Blue wings on the surface and fish are up feeding on them. It’s so fun to spot and stock big fish. The Blue wing hatch brings up some of the big fish to gorge on the dainty delicacies. ￼The canyon is alive and greening up. The native birds are arriving and staking their claims with their attractive songs and behaviors. Flights of snow geese and Sandhill Crains can be seen on the way into the canyon. Watch out for rocks on the roads especially after the rain showers.
March 14 fishing report.
The canyon is awakening. Spring is a special but brief phase of the canyon. And we are in the midsts of that change right now. Shades of green are coming back and the first influx of riparian birds have arrived.
The Blue wing olives (Baetidae) are the main hatch on the river right now. These little mayflies, size 18, are very important to the fishery because their life cycles have an unusual vulnerability phase that trout take advantage of. These little swimmers make there way to the surface then they drift a great distance just under the film trying to escape their shucks. Even after they have broken the surface they may ride the current before taking wing. Knowledge of this will help you make better choices when watching “feeders”. Emerger patterns in size 20 and 18 are great and small nymph flies like a pheasant tail in similar sizes imitate the rising BWO and will produce results even when the hatch is not going on.
Phil Anderson and his twin boys Cody and Carson said they had a great day yesterday 3/13. Phil landed this beauty stripping a cray fish fly in the early morning. Later in the afternoon we had fun sight fishing to trophy fish taking the BWO as described above.
Stay tuned. Book your spring and summer trip now fishing is only going to get better!
Tight lines everyone!
It's the depth of winter on the river but as I ventured out, I found myself in the middle of a dry fly hatch - first of February. The hatch was already going on when I arrived bank side at 11 am. My intent was to euro nymph a couple of my favorite spots but it soon became evident that either my technique was off or the fish were just wanting to come to the surface, for tiny black midges. The size of fly that was working was a 22 midge pupa with ultra light leader and tippet. I even noticed some of the big boys coming up after these mid winter delicacies. It was noticed earlier in the week some large sized squawla stone fly nymphs lumbering around under the rocks. This first significant hatch should come off later this month and if the water is right, it could be some of the best fishing on the "O" so far this year. Stay tuned...If I were going to the river today I would defiantly have in my box an assortment of midge patterns, size 20 - 22, 6 - 7x tippet would be mandatory at this stage. Flows are at summer levels right now as the snow pack is above normal, so be careful wading. Tight Lines!