Fishing Report

Logan River

Up early this morning, got a long day ahead. Going to work for a few hours and then back to my home (Virginia)! I will be there for a couple weeks hunting Striped Bass (Rock Fish), stay tuned.

Back to business, the Logan has been excellent! It has been very consistent, Midge and BWO hatches have been coming in like clock work. The fish are still targetting a handful of those big ugly streamers!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Midges and BWOs have been coming in like clock work. From 1pm-3:30pm, has been the most productive times to find fish rising for the bugs on top. Look for those soft pockets and keep an eye on fish close to the surface. The fish that are rising will be noticable and a few inches below the surface.

We have seen some big midges, so don’t be too concerned on keeping it small. I wouldn’t go bigger than a 16 and have had luck with size 16 Parachute Adams. Size 16-18 BWO patterns are great options too. But if the fish are looking for something smaller, try a size 18-20 Goober Midge. Can’t go wrong with the Griffiths Gnat either! We have seen winter Stone Flies as well. A small size 16 stone fly pattern will get fish to rise.

If your fly passes over a rising fish and it isn’t taking it, try giving that fly some movement. Sometimes fish will key in on movement and will strike when they see that bug struggling to free itself from the surface. Speaking of movement, lets get into the meat eaters!

Streamers

Streamers have been the most productive the last couple weeks. Fish have been very eager to bite/chase a lot of different bugs coming through their turf. The weather has been very inconsistent in the canyon which has made the streamer bite very good. And it looks like warmer weather is in the forecast. Warmer weather means warmer water and faster, hungry fish!

Sculpin patterns in Olive and Black have been producing great results. ZOO COUGARS! Wooly Sculpins are another great option. Make sure you bring whatever Sculpin patterns you have to the river.

Small bait fish patterns like a Kill Whitey have been great too. White/Olive and Yellow/Olive are the two color patterns getting fish to bite. Bigger bait fish patterns like a Barely Legal and Peanut Envy, in those colors listed above are a must in the box.

The big filthy bugs like a Sex Dungeon and Boogie Man have been excellent. Olive and Black are the go to as well for these big bugs too. Target those banks, a lot of meat eaters are hanging tight to the banks.

Nymph Fishing

With the warmer temps in the future, we will be experiencing a little bit of run off. When there is rain or runoff, you bet your arse there is a San Juan Worm on the rig! Well, I fish that fly regardless of conditions but this time of year, it is the best top fly to have on in my opinion. Second best top fly is a tie between the Pats Rubber Leg and an Egg pattern.

For droppers: Hares Ears, Pheasant tails, Copper Johns, Disco Midges, Ruby Midges, Root Beer Midges are all great flies. Try one of these flies paired with one of the top flies listed above.

Summary

The Logan is fishing really good. It has been extremely consistent. The fish have been taking advantage of the Midges, BWOs and Winter Stones hitting the surface. The fish looking for a bigger meal have not been shy chasing lots of different streamers. Of course you got those fish just sitting pretty in those deeper middle seams just inhaling all the nymphs coming down river. Whatever you fancy, get out there and throw bugs! Stay tuned for my pursuit of the Striped Bass.

MR

Fishing Report

Logan River

Quick lunch break fishing report! Daylight savings is finally upon us. Which means we don’t have to race to the river after work or school, to get a few cast. Woohoo! These warmer temps have really affected the fish in a positive way. Fish have been quicker to the bite on streamers, feeding aggresively for nymphs and Free Willy’n for those Midges on top of the water.

Streamers

The last couple weeks have been so painful to fish streamers. The fish were looking for the big meals but were just so dang slow! It was so hard to be patient and wait for them to finally bite. Most of the time, they were taking the fly right by your legs which just makes for an awkward hook set. But, with these warmer temps, the fish have been faster and aggressive!

The fish have been staying consistent targeting Sculpin Patterns in Olive and Black. Those two colors have been working extremely well. Zoo Cougars are a great choice but any Sculpin pattern will work just fine. Baitfish patterns like a Kill Whitey or Barely Legal are excellent flies to throw too. Try those or other baitfish patterns in Yellow/Olive.

The bigger flies like a Sex Dungeon, Boogieman, Peanut Envy are working great! Black and Olive have been the go to color for those flies right now.

Nymph Fishing

The warmer temps are nice and all but I want more snow for a sloppy runoff! Last years run off was incredible and made for some great fishing. With that being said, we are having some snow melt happening right now.

I love fishing the San Juan Worm when we have snow melt or a good rain. I would definitely have a San Juan Worm or Egg pattern as your top fly. We are seeing some Skwalas, lots of Golden Stone Nymphs, so a Pats Rubber Leg is another great top fly.

For the smaller nymphs, Midges are the go to! Disco, Ruby, Root Beer, Snow Cone midges are awesome choices. You can’t go wrong with a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail. And, can’t forget the trusty Copper John!

Dry Fly-Fishing

I haven’t waded into a Midge feast yet but I have seen a few, complete Free Willy for them. I know they are looking up for when that innocent little Midge has no where to go, but the Trouts belly! Have those Goober Midge and Griffiths Gnat patterns at the ready for when you see these fish feasting on top.

I mentioned earlier we have been seeing Skwalas. We haven’t seen a whole lot but get ready. It is almost that time of year to start throwing big Stone dry fly patterns. I can’t wait to start throwing Chubbies again.

Summary

Warmer temps, eager fish, happy fisherman! It looks like we will have a few more warm days, so get out there and enjoy your rod guides not freezing. Or if you are like me and forget your boots outside, enjoy them not frozen! Fish are feeding aggressively, so whatever you fancy, throw those bugs! Have fun and we are almost to the weekend.

MR

Fishing Report : Logan and Blacksmith Fork River

Howdy strangers, been a little while! I didn’t stop fishing, I was just getting my butt kicked fishing new water the last few months. A good butt kicking/skunking every now and again is good for the fisherman. At least, that is what I tell myself, so I don’t just sell all my gear and quit. Those tough days just make the great days so much sweeter.

Streamers

Winter finally showed up and the fish are behaving accordingly. We have been fishing primarily streamers and the fish are extremely slow on the eat. This will test your patience like it has for me. Slow down your retrieve and keep an eye on followers.

We have had some fish take the fly immediately but for the most part, fish are following and trailing the fly. When I see the fish, I have a hard time settling down and not farming (pulling the fly out of their mouth) the fish. When you see that slimer, just slow your retrieve down but keep that fly in motion.

I haven’t had much luck with streamers in those middle seams but the banks have been excellent. Before you walk through the bank, throw in. We have seen so many fish hanging tight to the bank in shallow water.

The flies, lets get to business! Olive and Black Sculpin patterns have been extremely consistent. I have been sticking to Zoo Cougars in both those colors and fish are striking them. Baitfish patterns like a Kill Whitey, have been working very good. Try baitfish patterns in White/Grey, Yellow/Olive, White/Olive.

We have been throwing articulated as well and fish looking for a big winter meal, have been hunting them too. Galloups Boogie Man, Sex Dungeon in Black and Olive have been great patterns right now.

When I haven’t had luck with those colors I have had luck with natural and tan. The biggest thing right now is just fish those flies slower. Fish are hunting for those big flies but just need a little more time putting that bib on and stuffing that bug down the gullet!

Nymphing

Nymphing is probably the most productive method this time of year. Those middle seams are perfect holding water for fish to enjoy the all you can eat buffet of food coming down river. They can sit pretty, not work too hard, and feast on all that food.

Our go to set up (San Juan Worm with a Hares Ear/Pheasant tail dropper) has been working very well. If those aren’t working, then Midge nymphs is next in rotation. Ruby, Root Beer, Disco Midges are all great options. Try those in sizes 16-18, or if you want to go even smaller, that is totally fine too. An egg pattern is another great top fly option and fish love eating the next generation. Cannibals!

Dry Fly

Since it is winter, the dry fly activity is not like it was in the Spring, Summer and fall. BUT, that doesn’t mean put them away till Spring. Have them on you at all times because you never know when you might wade upon a great Midge hatch. It is prime time for Winter Midgin so have those Griffiths Gnats, and Goober Midges at the ready!

Summary

Keep your eyes out for fish rising, that indicator or line dropping and those slimers chasing the big bugs! I hope this next storm brings the mountains plenty of snow. Because my favorite time of year is runoff and the more snow, the better! Enjoy the weekend coming up and be safe on the roads if you are traveling.

MR

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