Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River May 23-26, 2017

This years Salmon Fly hatch is behaving much different than last years. Last year, we really only had one good day of fishing Salmon Flies. This year, it is lasting almost a week! The fishing has definitely slowed down compared to earlier this week. But, fish are still targeting those big flies and are trying to stuff as many as they can, in their bellies.

Earlier this week, the fish were taking any opportunity to grab a big fly off of the surface. These past couple days has been a different story and we have noticed good action early in the morning and into the evening. Earlier in the week, we also noticed quicker reactions. These past few days it has taken more cast to entice a strike. Giving life to your fly is also a great way to get a fish to grab your fly.

Presentation is key right now and also giving your fly movement. Try to present that fly in different areas of the pocket. Start low in the pocket and work your way up. Giving your fly life by dragging it lightly across the surface has gotten some aggressive strikes. Dragging it down stream into the rapids or dragging it up stream has gotten fish to jump. Also letting your fly be submerged is not a bad thing either. A lot of the strikes we have seen, have been when the fly has been submerged.

The hopper dropper is a great way to target fish that are looking for terrestrials or aquatic insects. Try dropping a: Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, 16 inches below your Salmon Fly/Hopper. This has been a great alternative this week when the fish are getting picky and want choices.

Left Hand Fork fished well yesterday. It is very busy because of the long weekend crowds and it is very hard to find anywhere to park. We were using Salmon Fly patterns and had good action. But be aware, it is very busy up there! If you missed out on the Salmon Fly action earlier this week, get out there ASAP! Fish are still targeting those big dry flies and are still gorging themselves from the mouth of the canyon to Shenoah camp ground. Have a great weekend and go fish!

MR

Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River May 20-22

Salmon Flies are everywhere and fish are taking any opportunity to grab them off of the surface of the water. We noticed the Salmon flies from the mouth of the canyon to Shenoah camp ground. It was a slow start yesterday but the fishing really picked up in afternoon, into the evening. If you have been waiting to throw big dry flies, its time to get out there! This is a great week to take a sick day from work.

We were using a variety of Salmon Fly patterns. The Sofa Pillow pattern was working very well. Any big hopper or Chernobyl pattern will do the trick.

We noticed a lot of the strikes we were getting from fish were right at the end of the run. When I went to pull my fly out of the water to cast, I had a strike. Be patient and wait for that fly to exit the pocket completely. And make sure to cover the entire pocket. Sometimes it takes getting that presentation just right. Lightly dragging Salmon Fly patterns across the surface of the water is also a great way to entice a strike!

With the river still running high, the fish are holding in any pockets they can get. A lot of these pockets have rough water and make it difficult to keep that fly above the surface of the water. I like to high stick my fly just like high stick nymphing. Once your fly hits the water, lift your rod up. This will help keep your fly on top of the water when the current is trying to bring it below the surface. We have been getting strikes when the fly gets submerged as well but I love seeing fish take the fly when its on top.

With the tighter pockets right now because of higher water, I get caught in trees constantly. When I get caught in a tree or brush, I like to check the strength in my leader to fly connection. I have lost many flies when I wouldn’t check my leader strength. If you get caught in a tree, test that strength in your line before casting to a fish. It is very frustrating losing flies to a fish!

This is a great time to fish, get up there ASAP! Be safe and have fun.

MR

Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River May 16-19, 2017

The river is still dropping in water height.  Clarity is increasing, more holes are visible and the Salmon Flies are itching to hatch. The fishing has been great and the fish are extremely active. Nymphing, streamers and dries are all getting strikes from fish.

Streamers have been working great this week. Colors we are rotating through are: Black, White, Yellow, and Olive. The patterns we are using are the: Sex Dungeon, Zoo Cougar, Peanut Envy, Barely Legal. Try these Sculpin/baitfish patterns and hook that streamer chaser!

Target those fish! We have noticed, a lot of the strikes we get from streamers, are right off of the bank. Look for undercuts and calm pockets where they can rest/ambush prey. Remember, they do not need much from a hole. Look for those calm pockets and runs.

Nymphing has been producing fish and getting numbers. The San Juan Worm and Hares Ear are a great choice right now. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns are also working well. With Salmon Flies making their way to the banks, Stone Fly nymphs are also a great choice. Remember, search for that correct depth to find where the fish are feeding. If you are not getting strikes, experiment with weights and your indicator height.

There are a lot of flies in the air up Blacksmith right now. We have seen May Flies, Caddis, Golden Stones, and midge hatches. We are anxiously waiting for the Salmon Fly hatch. They are making their way to the bank and itching to hatch.

If you are looking for Salmon Flies, look for their shucks on the banks. You will see their shucks on trees, rock, and grass right by the bank. Look for them crawling on the grass and even crawling on you! And of course, keep your eye in the sky for them flying around. The Salmon Fly hatch is a great time to fish, stay tuned!

Blacksmith is really starting to settle down and return to its normal self. The fishing has been very good and all techniques are getting fish. If streamer fishing, try baitfish and Sculpin patterns. Black, white, yellow, and olive are great colors to use for those patterns. Nymphing has been a great route to take and the San Juan Worm, Hares Ear combo is a great choice for your setup. Dry fly-fishing has been a lot of fun. Try Blue Winged Olives, and a Griffiths Gnat. The Yellow Sally has been a great attractor pattern to use for a dry fly setup.

Have a great weekend everybody! Also, be careful driving through Blacksmith Fork Canyon at night. There are a lot of deer congregating on the road. Go slow and be safe.

MR

Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River May 14-15, 2017

The river is getting lower, clarity is increasing, and more holes are becoming visible. The fishing has been great the last couple of days for every technique/style. Nymphing, streamers and dries are getting fish.

The streamer bite has really picked up! The black Peanut Envy (Articulated) and olive Zoo Cougar are getting fish to strike. We have seen really aggressive strikes at these flies. Target those banks, and undercuts. We have seen a lot of the streamer chasers coming straight off the bank. Chuck that streamer and hook that eager trout!

Nymphing has been very consistent. The trusty San Juan Worm has been the winner. We have had some luck on Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns. The fish have really tuned in on the worm and is a must have on your rig. Never doubt the worm!

Dry fly fishing has been incredible. I have noticed fly hatches later in the evening. I haven’t seen many May flies or Caddis but I have noticed Midge hatches. That being said, I have added a Griffiths Gnat to my setup. Both the Gnat and Crippled Blue Winged Olive have been working great.

I have been using a Yellow Sally as my attractor pattern. Try a Yellow Sally followed by either the Griffiths Gnat or Crippled Blue Winged olive. I have been dropping these two flies about 10 inches from the Sally.

Another thing I have noticed, is I will either get action quickly or have to cast a dozen or more times! If you do not get action right away, keep at it. It might take getting that presentation just right or mimicking a hatch. Don’t give up! Fool that greedy, sipping, jumping trout!

Fishing has been very good on the Blacksmith. The river is starting to settle down and clarity is increasing. Get out there and try whatever technique you enjoy most. Nymphing, streamers and dry flies are working great. If streamer fishing, try a black or olive bait fish and Sculpin pattern. Nymphing, try a: Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John. Don’t forget the San Juan! Fish have really tuned in on Crippled Blue Winged Olives and the Griffiths gnat in the evenings. Try those patterns if you are searching for the jumpers. Have a great day and if you are like me…pray for no more snow!

MR

We are fishing just below Hardware Ranch

Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River May 13, 2017

Fish are getting jumpy up Blacksmith. Fishing was slow on the nymphing and streamer end but dries came in to save the day. It was windy at first yesterday and I didn’t see many flies. But once the wind died down, and it started to warm up, I noticed a lot of Mayflies. What caught my eye was a Brown trout sipping on flies right in front of me! Of course it didn’t want what I was throwing at it but I noticed what it was eating. It was eating crippled May flies.

I rotated through a bunch of different dry fly patterns but the winner was a Yellow Sally and Blue Winged Olive Cripple. I had the Yellow Sally as my attractor fly, followed by a Blue Winged Olive Cripple pattern. I had it about 10 inches dropped off the Yellow Sally. We got a fish to take a Chubby Chernobyl as well. So don’t be afraid to toss those big flies!

Again, target those trout! With runoff, Trout are hanging out in all sorts of holes. If you see any calm pocket, fish it! Trout don’t need a lot of room to ambush prey or rest. A lot of the time we are fishing from the bank nowadays and dropping our fly directly above the hole. Dry flies are great for this and streamers.

The streamer bite was slow yesterday but we had luck on Black (Sculpin and Bait Fish patterns). We noticed fish reacting to a more aggressive retrieve. Experiment with both fast and slow retrieves. Nymphing was slow as well but the trusty San Juan worm came through!

If fishing dry flies, wait till your flies clear the pocket. Yesterday, my flies made their way close to the bank and when I went to pull my flies out of the water, I missed a fish. They really like to strike dry flies especially, right at the end of the run or right up on the bank. Be patient and wait for those flies to exit the pocket completely.

Remember to tell your Mom how great she is today! And if you are fishing today, go try some dries up Blacksmith!

MR

We are fishing just below Hardware Ranch

Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River May 7, 2017

The water wasn’t covering the road, so that was a good sign! The water is dropping and starting to settle back to its normal self. Still high, muddy, swift but pockets are starting to pop out and make worth wading.

We were throwing a lot of streamers in those cozy obvious holes but nymphing was the winner. We had luck with the trusty San Juan worm, and Pheasant Tail. Hares Ear, Copper johns, Caddis Larvae, Stone flies are all great choices. I noticed a lot of Caddis Larvae under rocks, worth a shot trying those. The water is muddy but don’t think they can’t see that tiny fly, they can see just fine. Searching for that sweet spot in depth to get those nymphs where they need to be will be the challenge.

There is a lot of debris in the river and getting snagged up will happen. Just don’t mistake a snag for a strike! After getting hung up on debris in the river, its easy to start mistaking snags for strikes. When you see your line or indicator drop for whatever reason, set that hook! It happens too many times where I think I hooked a branch but ends up being a fish. It could be the fish of a lifetime, set that hook!

Streamers were getting fish to dart out of their comfortable holes. Articulated Sculpin patterns were getting fish all jazzed up. Olive and Black were working very well. Sex Dungeons, and Zoo Cougars are great flies to throw at them. Not much luck on yellow last weekend, but yellow and runoff is my go to.

Blacksmith fly hatches were incredible. We saw Mayflies, Caddis and Golden Stones! They were all over the place and fish were rising. Like the Logan, look for those big, calm pockets of water. Toss that dry on top of that pocket and wait for those jumpers! Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Hoppers/Golden Stone fly patters are great choices.

Blacksmith is starting to look like its normal self from what it was just a month ago. The water is still swift and muddy but fishing well. Nymphing was getting fish last weekend and is a great choice. Try the San Juan worm and Hares ear combo. Pheasant tails, Copper Johns, Caddis Larvae, Stone flies are all great choices. Streamers will get those eager trout to come out of their cozy hole. Try Sculpin patterns (Single hook or Articulated) in black, olive and yellow. If you are dry fly fishing, keep an eye on those big calm pockets of water. Wait for that jumping trout and toss a Blue Winged Olive, Caddis, Hopper/Stone fly pattern at it.

Have a great weekend and have fun!

MR

Still keeping an eye out for Stone flies that will hint at a Salmon Fly hatch…keep those fingers crossed!

Fishing Report: Logan River May 8-12, 2017

Its starting to feel like Summer here in Logan! With that being said, all that snow from this past Winter has to go somewhere…and its flowing right into the Logan. Don’t let this discourage you because the fishing has been very good. Just target those fish getting cozy!

Streamers have been our go to approach with higher water and tighter pockets. The pockets we are targeting are right on the bank. If you see any calm pocket of water, fish it. We have been dropping our flies in some very unusual holes and getting strikes. With the higher water, it seems like the fish are taking any pocket of water they can get.

Fish don’t need long runs or giant pockets to rest/feed. We are seeing strikes from fish in holes the size of a shoe box! sometimes even smaller than that. Keep a look out for those not so obvious holes. Don’t pass up that hole with trees and brush surrounding it! Get that fly in that pocket quickly to avoid getting snags and follow through with your cast.

The Streamers that are getting fish this week are the Zoo cougar and Wooly Sculpin (Single Hook). Olive, yellow and white have been getting fish. The White Zoo Cougar was getting great action on Tuesday morning, May 9th. Olive and yellow have been working extremely well this week in the evening. Try a Sculpin pattern if you are streamer fishing and get ready for that strike!

Dry fly action is still on. The water is swift and muddy but fish can see just fine and will jump for them. There are a lot of flies in the air and Caddis are making their presence known. Fish are rising and coming out of the water for them. We are noticing the jumpers in bigger pockets that are very calm. If you spot a large calm pocket, try throwing a dry fly and get that trout to jump!

Nymphing is always a great choice. I am going to sound like a broken record. The San Juan worm and Hares Ear are a great combo, deadly! Those two together will get fish. Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns are another great choice. A hopper dropper is another fun option. I would try a big hopper and dropping a Hares Ear,  16 inches below that.

With the higher water, getting that depth right for nymphing might be tricky but stick with it!  Look for a nice pocket/run where fish can position themselves to feed on the aquatic insects floating down river.

The river is running high and muddy but don’t let this discourage you. The fishing hasn’t slowed down. If you are streamer fishing, really target those fish. Keep an eye out for those not so obvious holes. Fish are still rising for terrestrials. Observe those bigger calm pockets and wait for that jumper! Try a Caddis, Blue Winged Olive, or a Hopper. Nymphing is always a great option. Try our go to combination: San Juan Worm and a Hares Ear. Be safe while wading, and make careful steps. The river is extremely swift.

Have a great weekend!

MR

 

 

 

Fishing Report: Logan River May 6-7, 2017

The river is running swift from run off but still fishing very well. We saw a lot of action with streamers and nymphs. Still plenty of flies hatching and hovering over the river. We did spot a few fish rising.  Keep an eye out for those jumpers!

Streamers are getting fish and are a great option during runoff. With the higher water and tighter pockets, streamers can be a great way to lure a trout out of its cozy hole. We have noticed the most action is from the tighter pockets, right up against the bank or beneath cover (bushes and trees). Olive, yellow and black are great colors to use for streamers. Yellow by far has been getting a lot of action. The single hook patterns this weekend were working very well. Try a Sculpin pattern (Zoo Cougar, Wooly Sculpin) and hang on!

Nymphs are another great option during runoff. The trusty San Juan worm and Hares ear are working great! Pheasant tails are also getting fish. Copper Johns are another great option. We did spot some Golden Stone fly nymphs under rocks as well as Caddis Larvae. No luck with either of those this weekend but still worth a shot.

Dry fly fishing was slow for us this weekend. There were a few risers, but not a whole lot of action. Keep an eye out for them. May flies are making their presence known as well as Caddis. Try a Blue Wing Olive, Caddis and Emerger patterns if you see fish coming to the surface.

Runoff has made the river swift and muddy. Don’t let this discourage you because it is still fishing great! If streamer fishing, really target those fish. Target those tight pockets up against the bank or under brush. Olive and black streamers are working well but yellow has been the go to. Nymph fishing is still consistent. Try the San Juan worm followed up with a Hares Ear. Pheasant tails and Copper johns are also a great choice. Dry fly fishing was slow but there are fish rising.

Have a great week everybody!

MR

Fishing Report : Logan River May 5, 2017

Warmer temperatures, Mothers day is around the corner, can only mean one thing. Hatches! And to remember to tell your Mom, how great she is. We are seeing a lot more bugs in the air, especially Caddis. Look for those moth like bugs in the air and hovering over the water. If you see fish coming out of the water, throw a Caddis at it! Caddis are very active flies on the water,  which makes them fun to fish. When casting a Caddis, dead drifting is a great approach but giving it some movement can trigger a fish to rise. I will sometimes drag it across the surface of the water or pick it up and drop it back on the surface. Mayflies, emerger patterns are also great flies to fool a hungry trout. The Chubby Chernobyl bite has slowed down the last couple of days.

Streamer fishing has been very consistent. Sculpin and baitfish (Zoo Cougars and Barely Legals) patterns are getting fish. Articulated and single hook streamers are working great. This week, we have noticed the fish are attacking brown streamer patterns. Of course, rotate through colors until you find players.

Nymphing has also been consistent. The San Juan worm, simple but deadly! Hares ear, pheasant tails, stone flies are all great options. With Caddis flying around, a Caddis larva nymph is another great option.

Today we noticed the water is muddy. With the warm weather today, run off kicked into gear. Don’t let this prevent you from fishing. Fish it the same as you would if the water was clear. If you are streamer fishing, my go to color to use during runoff is yellow. Yellow streamers during runoff have been getting fish. Tonight, the yellow Wooly Sculpin and brown/orange zoo cougar (Chucky) were triggering fish. The water is swift, be careful while wading and make careful steps.

Logan is staying consistent and hatches are heating up. Observe those flies in the air and keep an eye out for the fish jumping for Caddis! The Chubby Chernobyl bite has slowed down but don’t be afraid to throw a big hopper at them. Streamer and nymph fishing have been very consistent. With the muddy water, try a yellow or brown streamer if you are not getting reactions from fish.

The Salmon Fly hatch is coming soon…stay tuned!

Enjoy your weekend and catch fish!

MR

 

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