September 22-30, 2017
The Aggies beat the Cougars, that’s pretty cool. What’s not cool are these shorter days! I get off work still thinking I have plenty of daylight, but 7:00pm sunsets….COME ON! That’s kind of a bummer but at least the fish are still feasting on everything! Dry flies, Streamers and nymphs! Pick your style and go get’em!
The Midges are coming off strong. They are light in color. A Goober Midge or Griffiths gnat are great patterns for those tiny flies. Size 16-18 Should be perfect to fool those trout.
May Flies, we are seeing a bunch! BWOS, PMDS, and Spinners. The Spinner fall is strong in the evening. Make sure to have those three flies with you. BWOs, try them in a size 14-16. Spinners and PMDs, size 12-14 has been getting risers.
Caddis are plentiful and October Caddis have been spotty this week. Tan and Chocolate Caddis have been flying around. Sizes 14-16 are what we are seeing and have been getting fish on. October Caddis have been spotty but the fish are paying attention to big flies!
Fish are rising for Chubbies! Which leads us to believe they are feeding on these bigger Caddis throughout the night or still chomping away at Hoppers. Purple and Golden Stone Chubbies in size 6-8 have been working. October Caddis patterns in sizes 8-10 are also working well.
Streamers are picking up and have been very consistent this past week. Olive and Black, those have been the go to colors. Fish have been targeting the smaller Sculpin patterns. Zoo Cougar, Wooly Sculpin or a small Cone Head pattern will get those fish to strike.
With the water as low as it is, you will see most of the fish strike your streamer. Don’t farm’em, like me! It’s so hard sometimes to let the fish strike the fly first, before setting that hook. Wait for that fish to crush that fly!
Here comes the broken record again. San Juan Worm and a Hares Ear/Pheasant tail as your dropper. This is our go to nymph rig, and has always been the fish getter. Copper Johns, Caddis Larva, October Caddis Pupa, these are all great options. We have seen Midges, red in color in the river. Try a red Zebra Midge on your rig. Other Midge patterns will work fine too.
Back to the water being low. These nymphs would work excellent under a Chubby or October Caddis. Try dropping those nymphs 8-10 inches below your big meaty top fly.
Daylight is fading away but the fishing isn’t! Get out there and pick whatever style of fishing you enjoy. The fish have plenty of options for food. Keep your eyes peeled for those monster October Caddis. We did see Drakes last week, keep a look out for those as well. We have seen these flies above Ricks Spring. Have a great weekend!
FYI Still watch out for those cows. I passed one yesterday and didn’t even realize it was there, until I was already past it. It was right on the shoulder of the road. Drive slow and keep a look out for them.