Fishing Report

Logan River: October 20-27, 2017

I’m a real pessimist when it comes to Autumn here in Logan. It always seems to last for a week or two and then Old Man Winter settles in. Luckily, Autumn has stuck around this week and kept those temperatures bearable. The fish are still rising for as many dries as they can stuff down the hatch! Nymphing has been very productive, and streamers are getting fish riled up.

Dry Fly-Fishing

Blue Winged Olives and Midges have been the main targets this week on the surface. Keep your eyes peeled for fish nosing (just barely sipping the surface) or completely Free Willy. Try those two patterns as a combo. A bigger size BWO as your point fly and drop a Midge behind it. The Goober Midge and Griffiths Gnat are great patterns to use to mimic those Midges.

Try BWO patterns from sizes 18-16 and Midge patterns from sizes 20-16. The smaller patterns have been working well but fish are still looking at those bigger flies. With October Caddis getting their attention, Chubby Chernobyls, hopper patterns are great flies to throw at them.

Try darker body Chubbies and hoppers. Black, dark brown and rusty brown/orange are good colors to try on those patterns. When fish are rising, there are just as many or more eating below the surface too.

For a hopper dropper set up, try dropping a Copper John, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Disco Midge, Green Machine below that big bug on top and cover both top and sub surface eaters.

Streamers

It got a little slow earlier in the week with Brown’s focusing on the spawn. The aggression is kicking back up and the Cutthroats haven’t skipped a beat! Olive and black have still been the go to colors.

Smaller Sculpin patterns have been getting fish. Don’t be afraid to go big because the fish are still striking big bugs. Try a Sex Dungeon, Silk Kitty, Boogie Man, Butt Monkey, Zoo Cougar in Olive and Black. Target those banks and middle river seams. I had a few fish strike the fly right at my leg, be patient when swinging those flies. A lot of the fish are striking them right at the end of the run or right before you bring it out of the water.

Nymph Fishing

With all these May Flies and Midges rising to the surface, there is a lot of sub surface activity. May Fly nymphs are a must on your rig! The smaller nymphs have been working well, sizes 20-18. Try: Copper John’s, Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Green Machines, Disco Midges as your dropper below an attractor fly.

There are Golden Stone Fly nymphs crawling around close to the bank.  A Stone Fly nymph pattern, like a Pats Rubber Leg, would be a great top fly (attractor pattern) to use. The trusty San Juan is another great fly to use as your top fly. Drop those smaller nymphs below your top fly 16-20 inches. Find that right depth where those fish are feeding, and have fun!

Summary

The Brown’s seem to be feeding more aggressively now. Earlier this week, it seemed like they were focusing more on the spawn. Still plenty of fish rising. Make sure to have BWOS and Midges with you. If streamer fishing, try those Sculpin patterns in Olive and Black. Smaller nymphs have been producing fish. With the abundance of BWOs and Midges, make sure to have those May Fly and Midge nymphs on your rig.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful Fall season we are having. Thank goodness it is sticking around!

MR

Fishing Report

Logan River October 16-20, 2017

Love is in the air with the Brown Spawn underway. The aggression in both Brown’s and Cutts has really turned on! The fish know winter is right around the corner and are putting on that weight to prepare.

Dry Fly-Fishing

We are still seeing plenty of Blue Winged Olives and Midges on the river. Look for fish barely breaking the surface of the water, sipping these flies in calm pools.

Use a size 16-14 Blue Winged Olive pattern and size 18-16 Midge patterns. Griffiths Gnat and Goober Midges are great patterns to throw at them right now.

Chubby Chernobyls and other Hopper patterns are great options. The darker Chubbies and Hopper patterns are working well. Try a purple or Black Chubby.

With the fish starting to focus more on sub surface food, try dropping nymphs below those bigger hopper patterns. Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper John’s are great patterns to drop below that Chubby or Hopper. Dropping those flies 8-12 inches below your fly is a good range to cover that water column.

Streamer Fishing

Streamers have been getting fish and the bigger fish have been showing themselves frequently. Olive and Black are still the two colors getting strikes. Don’t hesitate to throw big articulated patterns. Fish are striking everything from single hook to big triples!

Sculpin patterns have been the winner this week. It must be rough being a Sculpin right now. Sex Dungeon, Silk Kitty, Boogie Man, Zoo Cougar are excellent patterns to strip on the river. Try those in Olive and Black and get ready….because these fish mean business!

Fish have been hanging tight to structure and enjoying those calm runs off the bank. Target those areas and use a moderate jerk strip retrieve. We haven’t been stripping fast, more on the slow side. Don’t forget those middle river seams! Try retrieving across those seams and up stream. We have had better luck getting fish to chase those big bugs that way.

Nymph Fishing

With winter right around the corner, fish are going to really focus on those aquatic insects. And With the spawn underway, egg patterns are great flies to entice a strike. Try: Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper John’s, Disco Midges and Egg patterns. Use one of these flies dropped below a San Juan Worm or a Pats Rubber Leg.

Summary

The Logan is fishing very well and Brown’s are spawning. Get those last dry fly takers with BWOs and Midges, before top water fishing slows down. Streamers have been the go to method this week and have been producing fish. Don’t hesitate to go big because these fish are putting on weight for the long winter ahead! Have a great weekend and go catch some river pork!

With the Spawn underway, look out for spawning beds. Just be aware of those gray/light tan pebbles clustered together. They are scattered throughout the river.

Fishing Report

Logan River

The fishing has really heat up, unlike our outside temperature. I guess I can’t complain, snow hasn’t been an issue…yet! Fish are rising, and have become very aggressive the last few days, towards big bugs!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Fish are really keying in on Blue Winged Olives and Midges. The trusty Midge has been getting fish once again! We have seen a lot of Midge hatches. Keep your eye on these tiny insects, clustered together, hovering over the surface. Try the BWO in sizes from 16-14 and a Midge pattern (Griffiths Gnat, Goober Midge) in sizes 18-16.

Hoppers have also been producing! Try those hopper patterns with a BWO or Midge behind it. We have seen fish rejecting the Chubby Chernobyl but it is still worth a shot! That is a great fly and will no doubt get a fish’s attention.

Streamer Fishing

Big bugs are getting these fish all riled up! We have really seen the aggression in the fish turn up. Single, double, triple hook patterns, the fish are not taking crap from no one and are attacking all sizes of streamers. With the Brown Spawn starting up, stick to those Sculpin patterns. Trout don’t like those Sculpin getting near their spawning grounds and will let them know by taking a chomp at them!

Try a Sex Dungeon, Silk Kitty, Boogie Man, Zoo cougar, in Olive or Black. Single, Double, Tripple will all get fish. Those colors have been the go to! Chuck those big bugs and hang on!

Nymph Fishing

With Midges being a target on the surface, try a Nymph midge and get those trout targeting them beneath the surface. The Disco Midge is a great pattern to throw at them, try it in a size 18-16. Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, and Hares Ears are all great options right now. Use either a San Juan, or Pats Rubber Leg as your top fly pattern. Drop either of those smaller nymphs listed above below it

Summary

Fish are getting aggressive! Striking big streamers and rising for as many terrestials they can get their mouths on. There are plenty of ways to fool those hungry aggressive trout. Pick your method and hook’em! Have a great weekend and enjoy these mild temperatures before they are gone!

MR

Fishing Report

Blacksmith Fork River

Friday, woohoo! And it’s starting to feel like Fall here in Logan…and not Winter. Hopefully the weather stays consistent because I am not ready for Winter! We got out to the Blacksmith this week and got into some good fishing. Brown’s are getting ready to spawn and are very aggressive.

Dry Fly-fishing

Hoppers, BWOs, PMDs, Spinners are all great choices. As well, Caddis are great flies to throw out there. Try those May Fly patterns and Caddis patterns in sizes 14-18. Hoppers, try those bigger sizes from 6-10. A Chubby Chernobyl would be a great fly to use as your hopper imitation. 

With those bigger hopper patterns, definitely use a dropper below it. Stone Flies, Hares Ears, Pheasant tails, Copper John’s are all great options.

Nymph Fishing

We have seen a lot of Stone Flies congregating close to the banks. Big Stones! Bring your Stone Fly imitations like a Pats Rubber Leg. Try a big Stone Fly up top and dropping a smaller Stone below it. We have seen them from sizes 6-12. 

If you decide to use a Stone or San Juan as your top fly, try the trusty Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John below it. Those are great flies to use, to cover a lot of the aquatic insects that are crawling or clinging to the riverbed. Shop Vacs are working well too.

Streamers

Just like the Logan, Olive and Black have been the go to colors. We have been fishing smaller single hook Sculpin patterns in those two colors. But if you are wanting to throw some meat out there, don’t hesitate to go Big! Double and triple articulated Sculpin patterns will get fish. If you are looking for numbers definitely stick to the smaller streamer patterns. But if you are looking for meat eaters, go Big!

The Blacksmith is fishing well. There are lots of big Stones hanging close to the bank. Make sure to bring your Stone Fly patterns! The Streamer bite has been very consistent and is just like the Logan. Rotate through those Sculpin patterns in Olive and Black. Have a great weekend and let’s hope we don’t see snow for a few more weeks!

MR

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