*The Reef is now flowing at 1,300 CFS
Dries! The last several mornings and evenings have produced some stellar dry fly fishing. We are definitely see a lot of heads popping out sipping bugs these past few weeks, on the upper section and the lower sections. Trico fishing in the morning has been fairly consistent. Throwing a Royal Wulff or a Parachute Adams, both in a size 14 or 16, with a smaller trico spinner, like our GS Trico Spinner, behind is producing. Focus on the fish rising in the faster water, they will be much easier to catch than the fish rising in the slower “froggy” water. If casting dries isn’t your thing try taking the weights off of your nymph rig and drifting that through the risers, catching these fish in the skinny water is almost too much fun. The evening caddis hatch has also been a blast to fish! A size 16 or 18 Elk Hair Caddis or E/C Caddis in brown or yellow have been getting it done. Fishing has stayed good all the way through last light. Still, nymphing has been the go-to for catching fish. The mornings during the trico hatch have been pretty solid, that being said, our guide boats have been having better afternoons than mornings. Fishing down by Government Bridge in the afternoons has been spectacular. A Pheasant Tail or a Hares Ear in sizes #16 and #18 as your point fly with a RS2 in grey or brown as the trailer is deadly right now. Your rig can be anywhere from 3-6 ft throughout the day with 5ft being a solid depth. For weight: a single BB or a BB and a B (for some of the faster spots) has been working well. Some of the lower floats have been a lot of fun to fish. The steeper gradient sections below the Chalk Bluffs camp ground have made for some exciting wade fishing. Fast water- piles of fish. Fishing should continue getting better as cooler temps roll in, Fall is our guides favorite season to fish cooler temps, big flies, and some big fish! As always stop in the shop or drop us a line if you have any questions. Have a safe and fun Weekend!