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.
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.
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.
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.
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.