September 19-22 2017
The first day of fall is here, bye bye summer. Time to bust out the waders and wool! With the cooler temperatures up the canyon, don’t let that discourage you from fishing dries. Fish are still rising and rising for those big October Caddis too. The streamer bite has been very consistent. There are a lot of aquatic insect activity as well. The fish are feasting on all the available resources.
We are seeing fish looking up and sipping off the top. Small May Flies are flying around and there was a great Rusty Spinner presence a couple days ago. To imitate these tiny mayflies a Goober Midge is a great choice. You are also killing two birds with one stone because there is also Midges.
The May Flies I have seen are from sizes 18-20 so a tiny midge pattern should do the trick. But if you are looking to throw the big bugs, well you are in luck! The Ocotber Caddis is working well. We haven’t seen a whole lot flying around but fish are paying attention. Try using a Caddis in a size 10, with a rusty brown Abdomen.
Other May Fly and Caddis patterns will work just fine too. Try a tan or chocolate Caddis in sizes 14-16, PMDs and BWOs in 12-16.
Update: A good number of Drakes were spotted! One Green Drake in the mix but majority all Gray in color. Try a size 10 Green or Gray Drake if you see fish rising for them.
Streamers have been a lot of fun to fish. The fish have been very aggressive towards Sculpin patterns. We haven’t thrown any articulated patterns yet and have been sticking to the smaller stuff. Olive and Black have been the colors this week that have been getting fish to strike. Try those colors in smaller Sculpin patterns like a Zoo Cougar.
There is a lot of aquatic insect activity under rocks. You can’t miss the huge October Caddis Schucks all over the river bed! Golden Stone fly nymphs are also crawling around. The fish have plenty of options right now. We love starting with the San Juan Worm and dropping either a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail below.
If those are not producing try using a Caddis Larva pattern or Stone Fly patterns like a Rubber Leg. Copper Johns, and Midge nymph patterns are excellent choices too.
With the water as low as it is, Nymphing might get frustrating with snags. Try any of the smaller nymphs listed above below a big hopper pattern or big Caddis.
The fishing is picking up and the fish are targeting a lot of resources right now. Don’t let the colder temperatures and bad weather discourage you from fishing dries. Fish are looking up and are paying attention to October Caddis too. We are seeing Drakes and October Caddis above Ricks Spring. Get up the Canyon and enjoy the mild temperatures before winter is here!
FYI I spoke with a gentleman working the Cattle up Logan Canyon. He said the Cattle are working their way down close to the highway. Be very careful traveling and especially at night. They are congregating very close to the road and on the road at times.