Which river to fish here in the valley is the question this week. Both are fishing extremely well and we have Golden Stones up Logan Canyon! We noticed them flying around in the evening last night. I had one hitch hike a ride down the canyon on my neck while driving home lastnight 🙂 We spotted them above the dams, on the upper half of the river. Runoff is definitely tapering off and water clarity is increasing.
The fish are really active right now and all methods are working. Nymphing, streamers and dries are all getting reactions from fish. On our Nymping rig, we have a San Juan Worm as our top fly and rotating between a Hares Ear and Pheasant Tail as our dropper. I know I sound like a broken record but that simple worm is killer! We are using a size 16 Hares Ear and Pheasant Tail and dropping it 16-20 inches below the Worm. We are using a single split shot weight in between the two. Find that depth where the fish will take your flies and have fun! Nymphing has been a lot of fun this week.
When we come across tight pockets up against the bank, we are dropping small single hook streamers in mostly. We have been using articulated Barely Legals too but mainly sticking to small Sculpin streamer patterns. The Wooly Sculpin and Olive Zoo Cougar have been getting fish and are great patterns to try. The colors that have been getting strikes are: Yellow, Olive, and Natural. Try these colors in any Baitfish or Sculpin pattern and hook that slimer!
With Golden Stones flying in the air and crawling around, try throwing a Golden Stone pattern. A Chubby Chernobyl, Salmon Fly , or Hopper pattern will probably work just fine. Small flies like Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Griffiths Gnat and Royal Chubbies are great options as well. If you spot a fish rising and not taking your fly, try switching to another dry fly. When fish are targeting a certain insect, they can be extremely picky. I came across a Cutthroat a week ago, who was very, very picky. I threw my Sofa Pillow (Salmon Fly) right on top of the Cutt and it didn’t even take a look at it. I switched to a Blue Winged Olive and was lucky enough to land it.
When fish are being picky, they will ignore a lot of the flies you throw at it until you find what its craving. It might take some time rotating through your flies but it is worth it! Find out what that picky trout is craving and fool it! The Logan is fishing really well and water clarity is increasing. Runoff is definitely settling down but the fish aren’t! They are still very active and not being too picky. Try Nymphing, Streamers, and Dries and have fun! Have a great weekend and go fish.