Fishing Report

Blacksmith Fork River

The terrestrial activity on the Blacksmith right now is incredible. There are so many bugs out and so many options to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any bug it seems like. Salmon Flies, Cicadas, Drakes, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, PMDs, Rusty Spinners and Midges. Bugs, bugs, and bugs!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Cicadas! We started to see Cicadas about two weeks ago. It reminds me of summer days in Virginia. Back home, Cicada shucks are all over the trees and swarming the skies. There is a species of Cicadas called Broods that take up to 17 years to finally hatch!

I was in Virginia in 2003 when there was the IX Brood hatch and it was something I will never forget. You were trying to avoid being hit by these dang hard shelled bugs. Because they were so many, clogging the sky! It was really a phenomenon. And you have to be careful because Hornets and Wasps love to eat Cicadas. You will be walking and next thing you know you got a Hornet dive bombing right into you with a Cicada wrapped in its legs and stinger

Anway, back to the fishing! There are lots of Cicadas out. A Cicada pattern is a must and was working better than other patterns over the weekend. My good friend who ties a lot of the flies I use has also tied up some awesome Cicadas in a size 10 with a black body. If you need flies, just shoot me a message!

When other patterns aren’t working, try the Cicada! My friends were fishing this past weekend and said that fly was the winner on top.

There are still plenty of Salmon Flies taking to the skies and on trees. Chubby Chernobyls in any color (Purple Chubbies have been working too!) will work great. Cat Pukes are another awesome fly and work very well in low light conditions. We are also seeing a lot of Yellow Sallies and Golden Stones.

Green Drakes, PMDs, Rusty Spinners, BWOS and Midges are plentiful. You really can’t go wrong with dry fly-fishing right now. The fish have so many options and are looking for anything that hits the surface it seems like. Try any of those flies paired together and have fun! Try the Cicadas out, we might not see a Cicada hatch like this for a few more years…or maybe 17!

Streamer Fishing

Blacksmith fish love eating eachother and Sculpin. So if you don’t want to throw dries or nymphs then just strip that junk! Zoo Cougars, Barely Legals, Sex Dungeons, Peanut Envys, Virginia Slims, Silk Kitty, and the Boogie Man are all great flies to throw. Try these flies in: Olive, Black, Tan, White, Natural. If you are throwing baitfish patterns like a Barely Legal, try: Olive/White, Olive/Yellow, Gray/White and Brown/White in color.

Nymph Fishing

With the amount of terrestrial activity on top, you bet the nymphing is killer too. Pats Rubber Leg, San Juan Worm, and a large size 12-14 Pheasant Tail are great top flies to have on the rig. Try dropping a Hares Ear (size 16) or a Pheasant tail (size 16) below those top flies. Copper Johns, Shop Vacs, Disco Midges, Root Beer midges, and Ruby Midges are other fun options to try.

Summary

The Blacksmith bug activity is incredible right now. So many flies to choose from and none of them are bad options. One fly I would definitely have is the Cicada because we might not see them for a few more years. That fly was kicking butt from what my friends were telling me. So get out there and throw some big ugly bugs!

MR

Fishing Report

Logan River

Runoff is pretty much in the books and the Logan is now catching up to the Blacksmith. The Blacksmith terrestrial activity has been out of this world this year. And the Logan terrestrial activity is catching up!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Green Drakes are out and the fish are aware of this. We have seen plenty hit the water, so the Drake feast is coming…be ready for it! The Drakes are big, fish a Drake in sizes from 10-12. I would argue the Green Drake hatch is more fun than the Salmon Fly Hatch on the Blacksmith. If you haven’t fished the Drakes, do it!

I have seen Golden Stone Fly Shucks on rocks which means one thing, CHUBBIES. I had luck yesterday getting a few on a large Cat Puke fly (Salmon Fly pattern). I wish I had a smaller fly like a Golden Stone Chubby in a size 8. The fish were looking up and definitely looking for that big Golden Stone. Bring those big dries!

PMDs, and Rusty Spinners are in full force. In the evening, the Rusty Spinners are very prolific. Make sure to have these flies in sizes 16-18. Midges are out in big numbers too. Griffiths and Goober midges in sizes 16-18 are perfect trailers behind one of those big Drakes, PMDs or Rusty Spinners.

Streamer Fishing

The Logan Cutts and Browns have not stopped bullying their neighbors. The fish are still very aggressive and are attacking a lot of different flies coming by their turf. Sculpin and Baitfish flies are working great! Sculpin patterns like Virginia Slims, Zoo Cougars, Sex Dungeons, and the Boogie Man are working great. White/Natural, Olive and Black are great colors to try.

Bait Fish patterms like Barely Legals, and Peanut Envys in Olive/White, Olive/Yellow, White/Gray are excellent options.

Nymph Fishing

Golden Stones are making their way to the surface. The fish are targetting these flies aggressively. A Pats Rubber Leg (Golden Stone Color) is a must! Can’t go wrong with a San Juan Worm either. If you want to get dirty, fish both of those attractors on your rig.

Green Drakes are also making their way to the surface. Drake Nymphs in a size 14 are a must. Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails (size 16), Disco Midges, Root Beer Midges and Ruby Midges are great flies to throw too. I keep forgetting to mention the Shop Vac.

The Shop Vac would definitely be apart of the mix. With all the bugs hatching to the surface, that is an excellent pattern to use. Caddis nymphs as well, we have seen the green Caddis nymphs.

Summary

The Logan is starting to settle down after run off. But the fishing is heating up! Make sure to bring your Green Drake patterns and Chubbies! The fish are about to go on a full feast, get ready.

MR

Fishing Report

Oneida Narrows

I have been hearing a lot about the Narrows. It took me awhile to finally give it a chance and I am kicking myself for not fishing it sooner! A great river that is just right over the Idaho border. It fishes like a big river and holds a lot of great fish, from Smallmouth to Browns. And lets not forget the jumpy Rainbows. Those dang Bows will never settle down and will work that rod. Hang on for the ride!

Dry Fly-Fishing

Oneida has an incredible Caddis hatch. It comes in thick and you will be inhaling flies how prolific the hatch is. The Midge and BWO hatch is also incredible.

We have had luck with Caddis and BWOs in sizes 16-18. A Chocolate Caddis in size 14 would work great too. Goober Midges and Griffiths Gnats in size 16-18 are great choices.

Top water poppers are a great way to stick a Smallmouth. Chartreuse, Yellow, and Fire Orange are my favorite colors for poppers. Popper fishing is just like streamer fishing, it can be feast or famine. When you find the color and retrieve, Smallmouth have a hard time resisting that top water snack. Stick with it and get ready for that explosion on top!

Streamer Fishing

Streamer fishing has been very effective. Fish have been hitting a lot of different flies. Bait fish, Sculpin and Cray Fish have been on the Menu.

Bait fish patterns like a Barely Legal, Pearl Necklace, Peanut Envys have been doing great. Try Olive/White, Olive/Yellow, and White/Gray. Sculpin Patterns have also been producing. Virginia Slim, Zoo Cougar, Butt Monkey, Sex Dungeons, Silk Kitty and Boogie Man are also excellent flies to throw. Try Natural/White, Olive, Black and Yellow. My friend did well with a Olive Cray Fish pattern too.

Nymph Fishing

I haven’t been nymphing but my friend was kicking my butt right off the bat. With Caddis all over the place, Caddis nymphs are a must on the rig. The Mop Fly was doing very well. And of course, the San Juan Worm was doing what it does best, getting fish!

You can’t go wrong with a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail trailing a Mop or San Juan. Midge nymphs like a Disco, Ruby or Root Beer Midge are other great options to trail the Mop or Worm.

Summary

The Oneida Narrows is an excellent river that is just over the Idaho Border. Not too far and fishes like a big river. You don’t have to go far for that big water feel! With Summer heating up, tubers will be coming down Oneida like its i-15 during gridlock! But if you can find some open water, fish it! It is a very healthy river with lots of great opportunities to catch fish and big fish.

MR

Fishing Report

Logan River

Runoff is almost over (makes me sad) and the Cutthroats are spawning. Browns are feeding aggressively and the Cutts are focused on producing future generations of slow fly takers! Cutthroats frustrate me so much, they take all the time in the world to eat a fly, ugh! I also saw some unique nymphs that get my heart racing.

Dry Fly-Fishing

We did get a few fish on dries. But we also got rejected by a bunch of fish close to the surface. They were not even giving our flies a chance! Which is rare with Cutthroats because they are very curious fish. We quickly realized they were spawning! They wanted nothing to do with the flies and just wanted to focus on the future.

If you come across a group of Cutthroats, observe them. If you see them flashing or moving in and out of the run, they are spawning. You will see them chasing eachother in and out of the bed. It is a lot of fun to watch them because they are so active.

The fish that we did get on dries took: Blue Winged Olives, PMD Cripples, and Yellow Sallies. We kept these flies on the smaller end, sizes 16-20. I used a Yellow Sally size 16 as an attractor and followed a size 18 BWO behind it.

The BWOs we have seen are small, and we have seen Midges as well. Size 18 Griffiths Gnat and Goober Midges are excellent flies to throw.

Streamer Fishing

The fish have been very aggressive towards the meat! It can be slow and frustrating but rewarding. Bright flies have been the way to go. White and natural Sculpin, as well as Baitfish patterns have been getting fish. Virginia Slim, Zoo Cougars, Butt Monkeys, and Sex Dungeons, are great Sculpin patterns to use. Bait fish patterns like a Barely Legal or Peanut Envy are a must. These flies in White/Olive, White/Gray, White/Brown are great options.

Nymph Fishing

With runoff still going on, nymphing is a great method to stick a piggy getting greedy! Remember runoff is bringing debris and big numbers of food down with it. Fish are not being too picky but one fly you will want to add to the mix is a Gren Drake! I spotted some Drake nymphs, make sure to bring those.

Can’t go wrong with a San Juan up top or a Rubber Leg. Those are great attractors right now. Dropping a size 16 Pheasant Tail or Hares Ear below the San Juan is a great rig. And the usual suspects are great choices too: Copper Johns, Disco Midges, Shop Vacs, and $3 Dips.

Summary

Runoff is still going strong but don’t let that stop you! The fishing has been productive. If you see a group of Cutthroats flashing or moving aggressively, they are spawning. If you are throwing meat, be patient. It can be very frustrating at times but it is very rewarding. If you are nymphing, remember there is a lot of food coming down river. The fish are not too picky but bring Green Drake Nymphs! They will be taking to the skies very soon!

We are taking custom fly orders as well. If you need flies, feel free to contact me at matt@whatareyouwadingfor.com

MR

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