We got one sassy river on our hands up Logan Canyon. Some of the camp grounds up the canyon are flooded! It is incredible to see the power generated from all that snow melt roaring down river. This time of year is just as exciting as the Salmon Fly hatch. Fish are extremely active and taking full advantage of all the available resources of food coming down river.
Runoff forces fish to hold in fewer runs and pockets. There isn’t a lot of areas in the river for them to feed efficiently so they take what they can get. This makes the fishing extremely fun because a lot of these pockets are right off of the bank. If you want to catch a lot of fish and good sized fish, get out there! This is one of our favorite times of the year to fish because the fish are packing on the weight after the long winter.
Streamers and nymphs are getting fish and good ones. On our nymph rig, we have been using a San Juan Worm as our top fly. That simple worm has been the number one fly the past few days. It is a must have on your nymph rig! We have been dropping a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail below the San Juan about 16-20 inches. Our indicator height is about 3 feet above our top fly.
Small single hook streamers have been working extremely well. The olive Zoo Cougar is getting aggressive strikes and fish are tuned in on it. With the smaller pockets on the bank, streamers are a great choice to throw in. Any small Sculpin or Bait fish pattern will do the trick.
If you want to catch a lot of fish and good fish, get up Logan canyon while you can. The fish are taking advantage of the All You Can Eat Buffet coming down river. The river is extremely swift and dangerous. Be careful up there and try to stick to the banks. We are only getting in the river, where we are comfortable and know the depth. Don’t let the water height, speed and low water clarity discourage you. Fish can see just fine, and are feeding aggressively. Take advantage of runoff, before its done and go fish!
We took some video that we will post in the next day. We had some technical difficulty, with dropping my phone in the river for the third time. Stay tuned!