Fishing Report

Blacksmith Fork River

These fish are living the life right now. They are getting a full course meal coming out of Winter. First it was big Stone Fly Nymphs, then Salmon Flies and now Drakes! It was incredible seeing these monster May Flies take to the skies. Big bug season isn’t over just yet!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Green Drakes! I could not believe it when I saw these bugs. There is a lot of bugs hatching and taking to the skies. But the big Drakes stick out like a sore thumb! These Drakes are around a size 12-14. Keep an eye out for them because fishing the Drakes can be as good or better than a Salmon Fly feast.

There are still plenty of Stone Flies out. We have seen some Salmon Flies on the lower half of the Blacksmith. Yellow Sallies and Golden Stone Flies have been flying around in big numbers. Try a Golden Stone in a size 12 and a Yellow Sally in a size 14-16.

BWOs and Midges are also present. Have some BWOs in sizes 16-18 and Midge patterns in 16-18 as well. Griffiths Gnat or a Goober are great choices!

Streamer Fishing

Streamer fishing has been a lot of fun too! We had luck on smaller bait fish and Sculpin patterns. Yellow Sculpin patterns have been getting fish to bite. Olive/White baitfish patterns have been getting fish too. Olive and Black Zoo Cougars are great choices to have in the rotation. Articulated Barely Legals and Sex Dungeons will work just fine.

Nymph Fishing

With all the bugs flying around, the fish are feasting. They are feasting on the ones that were not so fortunate to make it to the surface. May Fly nymphs are a must right now. Big Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails to mimic the Drakes are great choices. Smaller Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails to mimic BWOs.

Stone Fly nymphs are also a must with Yellow Sallies and Golden Stones out and about. Try a Yellow Sally nymph in a size 14-16 and a Golden Stone size 12-14.

Keep in mind that a lot of these aquatic insects are making their way to the surface. When nymphing, swing those nymphs! A lot of fish will take the flies when you bring them back out of the water to start a new cast. Swing’em!

And almost forgot, Caddis! I noticed on my waders plenty of Caddis larva crawling on me. I didn’t fish my Caddis larva pattern very long but that is worth a shot. The ones I saw were green in color.

 

Summary

The Blacksmith has been very active the last few weeks. The fish are taking full advantage of all the bugs migrating to the surface. As well as the bugs that are returning and getting just a little too comfortable on top of the water. Whatever you fancy: Dries, Streamers, Nymphs, they are all working very well. But if you start seeing those monster Drakes, get ready! Some of the best dry fly-fishing I have fished has been during a Drake hatch. Have fun out there!

MR

Fishing Report

Logan River

The water is swift on the Logan right now. Not like it was last year but the power of the water will get you when you least expect it! Be safe while wading but don’t let the high water stop you from fishing! The higher and muddier the water, the better!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Target the fish looking up on the banks. You will see fish hanging close to the surface tight to the banks. We are seeing Blue Winged Olives, Midges and Caddis. Size 16-18 is a good range to mimic the flies that are present.

I really enjoy tandem rigs. Try a BWO up top with a trailing Caddis. Or a Caddis up top and a trailing Midge. Just keep a look out for fish close to the surface. The ones that are rising, are focused on whats on top and will be until their bellies are packed full of the little bugs.

Streamer Fishing

Runoff streamer fishing is a blast right now! When the higher and swifter flows come in, it pushes fish into tight quarters. When this happens, fish become very aggressive and will let other competing fish know they are not welcome.

We are having a lot of luck with Olive, Olive/White, White, Brown, Black and Yellow streamers. Try Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, Zoo Cougars, Peanut Envys in those colors.

Nymph Fishing

Nymphing during runoff is very effective. Runoff acts like a conveyor belt, it pushes huge quantities of food into those fishes bellies. They are seeing a lot of different insects which makes them not so picky.

San Juan Worm and a Pats Rubber Leg are my favorite run off attractors. Dropping a Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Disco Midge or a Caddis Pupa below it, are great options. Size 16 in those smaller nymphs will work just fine. Try a Pats Rubber Leg in a size 6.

Summary

We are still working with runoff right now and the water is swift. Be safe while wading and don’t let the chocolate milk discourage you! The higher and muddier the water, the better! If you are fishing for top water sippers, keep a look out for them. They are hanging close to the top and you will see them. If you are targeting meat eaters, be patient. The fish are very aggressive right now. You will piss some fish off, just keep strippin that junk! Fish are not being too picky on the nymphing end. Fish can’t resist the deadly San Juan!

Be careful driving through the canyon. More traffic will be going up and down the canyon. The Deer are coming close to the roads at night. Be safe and enjoy the pleasant weather!

MR

Fishing Report

Blacksmith Fork River

The bugs are everywhere! Salmon Flies, Yellow Sallies, BWOs, all over the place. So cool seeing the river come to life as Spring settles in. It is a great time to fish and if you have friends that want to try, bring them. This is a great time to show a beginner fly-fishing, with the fish gorging themselves.

Dry Fly-Fishing

Salmon flies, Yellow Sallies, BWOs are all over the river. And, all over you! I went to adjust my hat a few times yesterday and had some friends getting comfortable on the brim of my hat. Also, before you leave the river from fishing, check your gear. There might be some Salmon Fly hitch hikers that want to come home with you.

Now to the bugs, Chubbies and Sofa Pillows have been working well. We have had luck with size 4-6 Chubbies and Sofa Pillows. With BWOs out and about, as well as Yellow Sallies, a smaller dry rig would be great too. I would run both a Sally and a BWO on a tandem rig.

The last few days, the top water bite was slow for me in the evening. If that is the case for you too, hit them with the Pats.

Nymph Fishing

Nymphing has been very productive over the week. When the top water is working, its non stop. I have waded through some sections where Salmon flies are present but the fish wont hit my big ugly bug on top. Once I switched over to the Pats Rubber leg, my line finally was tight again. Fish are targeting Stone Flies heavily right now. Having a Stone Fly Nymph imitation is a must!

With Yellow Sallies and Salmon Flies out, size of Rubber Leg isn’t too important. I have had a lot of fun with a size 6 Rubber leg. I am dropping it below a trusty San Juan. A size 2 or 4 would be fun to try. Don’t be afraid to go big! The fish are feasting and you will know when you see their fat bellies. They are not skipping any Stone Fly that passes their mouth right now.

Summary

The fishing on the Blacksmith is great! The river is coming to life and bugs are everywhere. The fish are keying in on Stone Flies heavily. The last few days, the Salmon Flies have been hanging close to the bank. I saw some flying yesterday evening. I don’t think we are at full Salmon Fly feast yet but get ready. It might be happening as I type this! The feast is coming so get ready for big bug annihilation! Remember to check for Salmon Fly hitch hikers before you leave the river. You don’t want Salmon Fly guts on your car seats.

Fishing Report

Blacksmith Fork River

Been waiting a year for this and the time is finally upon us, Salmon Flies! There are plenty already taking to the skies, trees and grass reeds. But, there are plenty still making their way out of the river. That is if they make it past the gauntlet of trout! A couple years ago, the Salmon Flies were only here for a couple days. I am very optimistic that they will be present for a couple weeks.

Dry Fly-Fishing

The fish are definitely looking up and we have seen some aggressive takes on top. My good friend has been taking the wheel on dries and has done well with the Chubby. I believe he is using a size 6-8 Chubby. Once I get off my Nymphing bender I will go right to a Sofa Pillow. Try using a Sofa Pillow, size 6-8. That has to be my favorite Salmon Fly Pattern.

We are seeing Yellow Sallies and BWOs all over! Try a Yellow Sally pattern with a trailing BWO behind it. The Blacksmith terrestrial activity is really heating up and should only get better!

Nymphing

I have been on a serious Nymphing spree. Nymphing has been a lot of fun. The usual suspects have been getting fish, Pats Rubber Leg and San Juan Worm. Those two together have been kicking butt!

I have been using a San Juan as my top fly and dropping the Pats below it. With Yellow Sallies out and big Salmon Flies, size of Rubber Leg isn’t too important. They should all work just fine.

Since the fish are keying in on these insects, I wouldn’t stray away from the patterns listed above. If you want to try other patterns, don’t hesitate to try Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Disco Midges.

Streamer Fishing

If you don’t care about those big beautiful bugs and just want to strip junk, well then STRIP JUNK! We have had fish taking Olive Zoo Cougars. Try smaller Sculpin patterns in Olive and Black. Baitfish patterns like a Barely Legal, Peanut Envy in Olive/White, Olive/Brown are great options.

Summary

The Blacksmith is heating up and should only get better! Bring the big bugs and stick to what they are focused on underneath the surface, Stoneflies! When you catch a fish, you will notice right away they are gorging themselves full of these bugs. Have fun up there and get ready for the aggressive takes!

MR

Fishing Report

Logan River Runoff

Runoff is hands down my favorite time to fish. Don’t run from runoff! Embrace the muddy and high water.

The doors are closing on Winter and opening for Spring. Fish are waking from their Winter slumber and taking advantage of what the runoff is offering. When snow melt pours into the river, it brings a lot of food with it. The higher and faster water is pushing debris down river, which kicks up all the aquatic insects clinging to structure.

This is where the streamer fishing really heats up. The higher and faster water pushes fish into new territory. Fish start to stack up in pockets/runs. Others pick tight shoe box size holes and hold that sucker down! Fish are hungry and very aggressive because they are all competing for space and all the food coming down.

FISH RUNOFF!

Dry Fly-Fishing

We saw some incredible hatches over the weekend. Mothers Day Caddis are everywhere on the upper Logan. BWOs, and Midges are also present in big numbers.

We had luck throwing a size 14-16 Mothers Day Caddis with a BWO trailing behind it. I had my BWO 12″ behind my Caddis. Midges are kicking butt too. Griffiths Gnat or Goober Midge in sizes 16-20 are working.

Don’t be discouraged by the muddy water. Fish can see just fine but try to target the active risers. You will see their backs barely below the surface. This is a good sign they are looking up for that top water treat.

Streamer Fishing

Oh mamma, the thought of streamer fishing during runoff makes me sweat and my hair stand! Fish are very aggressive right now and will not put up with any BS! Fish are competing right now for space which makes for great streamer fishing.

We have had a lot of luck on a variety of flies. Zoo Cougars and Articulated Cougars in Olive, Natural/White have been working great. Baitfish patterns like a Barely Legal in Olive/White Brown/White are working great too. Other patterns like a Sex Dungeon, Peanut Envy, Kill Whitey are a must in the rotation in the colors listed above.

Nymph Fishing

Nymphing and Streamer fishing during runoff are really hard to beat. Most of the fish are just keeping their mouths wide open while runoff just stuffs their bellies full! When you catch a fish right now, you will notice right away their fat bellies. Just keep that in mind, fish are aggressively feeding right now.

The San Juan Worm is a must and has been our top producer. The Shop Vac was our 2nd top producer. Those two flies were getting fish. My friend kicked my arse in numbers of fish with that combo.

There are a lot of big Golden Stone fly nymphs clinging to rocks. A good Stone Fly pattern like a Pats Rubber Leg is a great option for a top fly/attractor pattern. An Egg pattern is also a good top fly option as well. Now for the smaller bugs.

The Shop Vac was a great fly over the weekend. With all the flies on top of the water, the Shop Vac is a great imitation of an emerging nymph. We got a lot of fish to take the Shop Vac on the swing, which is a telling sign, fish were eating emergers.

Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails dropped below either of the top fly/attractor patterns listed above, are great rigs to use now. Snow Cones, Disco Midges, Rainbow Warriors and Copper Johns are great flies to use.

Summary

Don’t run from runoff! Fish it and take advantage of the fish sitting back and taking it easy. Food is just flowing constantly infront of their mouths which makes the fishing a lot of fun. There is more debris in the river, don’t get frustrated when getting snagged. It will happen more frequently now but it is worth it!

Be careful wading! Just because you crossed a section all year long doesn’t mean you will get across during runoff. I crossed a section on Saturday but couldn’t make it even half way across yesterday. Be careful!

Side Note: With the warmer weather, Deer are coming close to the road. Be careful driving and especially at night.

Be safe out there and hook into those fat slimers!

MR

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