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

Fishing Report: Logan River

September 22-30, 2017

The Aggies beat the Cougars, that’s pretty cool. What’s not cool are these shorter days! I get off work still thinking I have plenty of daylight, but 7:00pm sunsets….COME ON! That’s kind of a bummer but at least the fish are still feasting on everything! Dry flies, Streamers and nymphs! Pick your style and go get’em!

Dry Flies

The Midges are coming off strong. They are light in color. A Goober Midge or Griffiths gnat are great patterns for those tiny flies. Size 16-18 Should be perfect to fool those trout.

May Flies, we are seeing a bunch! BWOS, PMDS, and Spinners. The Spinner fall is strong in the evening. Make sure to have those three flies with you. BWOs, try them in a size 14-16. Spinners and PMDs, size 12-14 has been getting risers.

Caddis are plentiful and October Caddis have been spotty this week. Tan and Chocolate Caddis have been flying around. Sizes 14-16 are what we are seeing and have been getting fish on. October Caddis have been spotty but the fish are paying attention to big flies!

Fish are rising for Chubbies! Which leads us to believe they are feeding on these bigger Caddis throughout the night or still chomping away at Hoppers. Purple and Golden Stone Chubbies in size 6-8 have been working. October Caddis patterns in sizes 8-10 are also working well.

Streamers

Streamers are picking up and have been very consistent this past week. Olive and Black, those have been the go to colors. Fish have been targeting the smaller Sculpin patterns. Zoo Cougar, Wooly Sculpin or a small Cone Head pattern will get those fish to strike.

With the water as low as it is, you will see most of the fish strike your streamer. Don’t farm’em, like me! It’s so hard sometimes to let the fish strike the fly first, before setting that hook. Wait for that fish to crush that fly!

Nymph Fishing

Here comes the broken record again. San Juan Worm and a Hares Ear/Pheasant tail as your dropper. This is our go to nymph rig, and has always been the fish getter. Copper Johns, Caddis Larva, October Caddis Pupa, these are all great options. We have seen Midges, red in color in the river. Try a red Zebra Midge on your rig. Other Midge patterns will work fine too.

Back to the water being low. These nymphs would work excellent under a Chubby or October Caddis. Try dropping those nymphs 8-10 inches below your big meaty top fly.

Summary

Daylight is fading away but the fishing isn’t! Get out there and pick whatever style of fishing you enjoy. The fish have plenty of options for food. Keep your eyes peeled for those monster October Caddis. We did see Drakes last week, keep a look out for those as well. We have seen these flies above Ricks Spring. Have a great weekend!

FYI Still watch out for those cows. I passed one yesterday and didn’t even realize it was there, until I was already past it. It was right on the shoulder of the road. Drive slow and keep a look out for them.

Fishing Report: Logan River

September 19-22 2017

The first day of fall is here, bye bye summer. Time to bust out the waders and wool! With the cooler temperatures up the canyon, don’t let that discourage you from fishing dries. Fish are still rising and rising for those big October Caddis too. The streamer bite has been very consistent. There are a lot of aquatic insect activity as well. The fish are feasting on all the available resources.

Dry Fly-Fishing

We are seeing fish looking up and sipping off the top. Small May Flies are flying around and there was a great Rusty Spinner presence a couple days ago. To imitate these tiny mayflies a Goober Midge is a great choice. You are also killing two birds with one stone because there is also Midges.

The May Flies I have seen are from sizes 18-20 so a tiny midge pattern should do the trick. But if you are looking to throw the big bugs, well you are in luck! The Ocotber Caddis is working well. We haven’t seen a whole lot flying around but fish are paying attention. Try using a Caddis in a size 10, with a rusty brown Abdomen.

Other May Fly and Caddis patterns will work just fine too. Try a tan or chocolate Caddis in sizes 14-16, PMDs and BWOs in 12-16.

Update: A good number of Drakes were spotted! One Green Drake in the mix but majority all Gray in color. Try a size 10 Green or Gray Drake if you see fish rising for them.

Streamers

Streamers have been a lot of fun to fish. The fish have been very aggressive towards Sculpin patterns. We haven’t thrown any articulated patterns yet and have been sticking to the smaller stuff. Olive and Black have been the colors this week that have been getting fish to strike. Try those colors in smaller Sculpin patterns like a Zoo Cougar.

Nymphs

There is a lot of aquatic insect activity under rocks. You can’t miss the huge October Caddis Schucks all over the river bed! Golden Stone fly nymphs are also crawling around. The fish have plenty of options right now. We love starting with the San Juan Worm and dropping either a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail below.

If those are not producing try using a Caddis Larva pattern or Stone Fly patterns like a Rubber Leg. Copper Johns, and Midge nymph patterns are excellent choices too.

With the water as low as it is, Nymphing might get frustrating with snags. Try any of the smaller nymphs listed above below a big hopper pattern or big Caddis.

Summary

The fishing is picking up and the fish are targeting a lot of resources right now. Don’t let the colder temperatures and bad weather discourage you from fishing dries. Fish are looking up and are paying attention to October Caddis too. We are seeing Drakes and October Caddis above Ricks Spring. Get up the Canyon and enjoy the mild temperatures before winter is here! 

FYI I spoke with a gentleman working the Cattle up Logan Canyon. He said the Cattle are working their way down close to the highway. Be very careful traveling and especially at night. They are congregating very close to the road and on the road at times.

Fishing Report: Logan River

September 18, 2017

It feels good to be back in Logan and back on the water. The cows blocking traffic and leaving pies everywhere can stop but they don’t listen. The river is fishing well and bugs are still plentiful. A good friend alerted me to some big bugs starting to hatch about a month ago. Our friend was spot on and October Caddis are starting to tease the eager trout below. Get your big bugs ready including those Streamers!

Dry Fly-Fishing

We are seeing Caddis and May Flies hovering over the river. May Fly Spinners (Rusty Spinners) are a great choice in the evening. Try a Rusty Spinner in sizes 16-12. PMDs and BWOs are great options for morning and day fishing. Try those patterns in sizes 16-12.

Caddis, try a tan or chocolate pattern in sizes 16-14. Now for the October Caddis, these things are huge! I saw one crawling on the ground and thought it was a Stone Fly! We have seen them above Ricks Spring. Keep a look out for these big Caddis. If you start to see fish rising aggressively, throw out a big stimulator or October Caddis in sizes 12-8.

Streamer Fishing

With fall upon us, Streamer fishing is going to really pick up. The Brown spawn is coming up and Brown’s can’t resist eliminating Sculpins out of their territory. Try smaller Sculpin patterns in Olive, Black and Brown in color. The Zoo Cougar is a great pattern to use. Butt Monkey is another excellent pattern. Articulated patterns: Boogie Man, Silk Kitty, and Sex Dungeons are great patterns as well.

Nymph Fly-Fishing

Nymphing is always a great idea. We love the trusty San Juan Worm and Hares Ear/ Pheasant Tail (size 16) combo. Give that combo a try or use the Hopper Dropper. Drop either a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail 8 inches below your hopper. With the water as low as it is, that is a great approach to fish the Logan River right now.

I am happy to be back and happy to see the fishing hasn’t skipped a beat. With fall upon us, the fishing should only get better. Keep your eyes out for those big October Caddis! If you find fish rising for them, you are in for a treat. Streamer fishing is only going to get better as we get closer to the Brown spawn. Keep those Sculpin patterns handy. Enjoy the river and watch out for those cow pies!

MR

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Fishing Report: Logan River August 15-20, 2017

Round two of Drakes has just begun. Gray Drakes! We noticed a few Drakes cruising down river over the weekend. We weren’t able to identify them until one decided to take a break, landing on our fly rod. And our assumption was correct, Gray Drakes are making their appearance. It reminded me of the Green Drake hatch. We saw a few a couple nights before the full on hatch. Get ready, full on hatch should be close.

The fishing has been very productive and the fish have plenty of options for food right now. Dries, Streamers, and nymphs are all getting fish. If you are fishing dries, Caddis and May Fly patterns have been very productive.

Dry Fly-Fishing

White/tan and Chocolate Caddis have been the go to fly with a PMD dropped off of it. We saw good action with a size 16 white/tan Caddis, with a size 12 PMD dropped 16 inches off of it. Chocolate Caddis size 12 were also great top flies to use with a PMD dropped off of it.

Blue Winged Olives and May Fly Cripple patterns, are great options too. Hoppers worked well over the weekend as well. We are still seeing a lot of Midges clustered together on the surface, so don’t forget those midge patterns!

Streamer Fishing

Streamers are still very consistent. Olive has been the color to use. That color in a Sculpin pattern has been getting a lot of fish to bite. We have also had fish go after grey/brown streamers. Yellow/brown is another great color to try on your patterns. Kill Whitey, Zoo Cougar, Barely Legal and Fat Head Sculpin patterns are all great options right now.

Nymph Fishing

Nymphing is another great approach. We have had luck with the Shop Vac, Golden Stone, Hares Ear and Pheasant Tail patterns. Try those dropped off a hopper or big Caddis. A full nymph rig is a great idea too just don’t forget that San Juan Worm up top!

The river is fishing well. The fish have a lot of options for food. They are about to have another option added to the Logan River dinner menu, Gray Drakes! Get ready for a full on hatch in the next couple days. We have seen a few the last couple days which leads me to believe the hatch is right around the corner. If you see a big moth flying down river, you have just spotted a Drake! Keep those big May Fly patterns handy (size 10) because once it’s on, you won’t be leaving that hole for a couple hours. Get ready for the long haul. Have a great week and go hit the river!
MR

Fishing Report: Blacksmith Fork River August 13-14, 2017

Ok, we finally decided to go visit Blacksmith. It was kind of awkward at first, like running into an old Ex. The Logan has been fishing extremely well and we abandoned our first love….Blacksmith. Well she took us back again with open arms and provided great fishing!

Dry fly-fishing was very productive. Same as the Logan, Caddis and PMDs. Both those flies together as a combo worked very well. Big chocolate Caddis size 10-12 and smaller (size 14-16) White/tan Caddis. Caddis are great top flies to use and then dropping a bigger PMD behind it, size 10-12.

We are seeing the same consistency with streamers on the Blacksmith as well. Smaller bait fish and Sculpin patterns are working. Yellow/brown and olive are the two, go to colors. We have been fishing Kill Whiteys, Zoo Cougars and fat head Sculpin patterns. Try those colors out, in those patterns or something similar and get ready! The fish are very aggressive.

Nymphs are also producing great results. Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, and the Shop Vac are three great flies to throw right now. You can use either of these flies dropped below a bigger dry like a hopper or big Caddis. But if you decide to do a full nymph rig, don’t forget the San Juan as your top fly. Or, use whatever top fly you prefer. I just love that dang worm!

If you come across a run/hole that you know a fish is in and are not getting results, give those flies some life. Today, I was using a large Caddis as my top fly with a Shop Vac dropped 16 inches below the Caddis. I tossed those flies in a hole close to 15 times. All those times, I kept doing the same thing, dead drifting down the hole. On my last cast, I decided to drag my flies upstream to the top of the pocket. That ended up getting the job done and fooling an eager trout. It struck the Shop Vac, which must have thought it was a nymph emerging to the surface.

Don’t give up on holes and remember to try something different, if you are not getting results. I find myself a lot of time getting in a rhythm, fishing a hole, over and over the same way. Not getting results, until I change something like dragging my flies and then I get that strike. 

Make sure to give that fish multiple presentations to entice a strike. Fish will sometimes key in on movement. This will help sell your flies to a fish and make it more tempting.

I am grateful the Blacksmith allowed us back with open arms after we abandoned her. The fishing is very good right now. We were fishing below the turn off to Left Hand Fork. We also made our way up Left Hand and the Caddis/PMD combo worked great. The hopper dropper with either of the nymphs listed above worked great too! Both rivers are fishing extremely well and the fish have very similar appetites right now. Give those flies some life and get ready for the Free Willie’s!


MR

Fishing Report: Logan River July 26 – August 12, 2017

It’s been hard to put the Green Drake fly patterns away. It seems the fish have changed their appetite and are not targeting them like they used to. That being said, other patterns are working very well and the fishing has been good.

Caddis and PMDs are great flies to use. Chocolate Caddis and white/tan Caddis, size 16-12 are getting fish. PMD patterns size 14-12 have been my favorite pattern the last couple days. Both flies are getting excellent reactions from fish and they work even better as a combo!

Try using a Chocolate Caddis size 16-14 as your top fly and drop a bigger PMD (size 14-12) behind it. That combo has been working well. Using a Caddis as your top fly is a great approach. It allows you to give your Caddis life while your dropper sits on the surface of the water.

Giving flies life/movement has been a very effective tool. When dead drifting isn’t getting reactions, try giving those flies some life. This has worked very well on the seams in the middle of the river. Throw those bugs in that seam and try to drag them lightly back up to the top of the run. Or, swing your flies across the run. Fish really tune in on movement at times and it helps make those flies look even more realistic and tempting.

Streamers have been the most consistent method these last few weeks. We have been fishing with smaller bait fish and Sculpin patterns. The fish have been staying consistent and striking olive and yellow/brown in color. Try a Kill Whitey, Zoo Cougar, Wooly Sculpin, Barely Legal and a JJ Special in those colors and get ready for that strike!

Nymphs have been another great method. Try a Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Cooper John, Caddis Larva patterns (Green and Tan), Shop Vac, and Midges. And don’t forget my favorite top fly nymph, the San Juan Worm! Never doubt the Worm!

We have been seeing a lot of Golden Stone Fly nymphs making their way under rocks by the bank. Don’t hesitate to throw those bigger stone fly nymphs too. We have also seen a great Chocolate Caddis hatch later in the evening from 7:30 and into the night.

The Logan is still fishing well. The fish have plenty of options for food. If you are dry fly-fishing, try the Caddis and PMD combo. Give those flies some life if dead drifting isn’t producing. Streamers have been the most consistent. Olive and yellow/brown have been the go to color. With all the bugs loitering on the river, there is a lot of nymphs. Making their way to the surface or just clinging to the bottom. Try the flies mentioned above and get ready for that line to go tight! One last thing, do not forget your dry fly midge patterns!

If you are interested in flies, we would love to tie some up for you! Send us an email at matt@whatareyouwadingfor.com

Have a great weekend and go catch that river hog!

MR

Fishing Report: Logan River July 22-26, 2017

Streamers, big bugs, and small bugs. Whatever you fancy, the fish are feeding aggressively. We are still seeing some big hatches throughout the day and into the night.

Green Drakes are still coming off in the evening. We have seen some during the middle of the day as well. Caddis are plentiful right now, along with Blue Winged Olives and PMDs. Big midge hatches during the middle of the day and into the evening. You will see those tiny bugs clustered together, hovering right above the river.

The Caddis we are seeing are White/tan and dark brown in color. We have been fishing size 16-12 Caddis in both those colors. I really like to give my Caddis life by dragging it across the top of the surface (lightly). Also picking your Caddis up and dropping it back on the surface can entice a rise.

Caddis Emerger patterns are also great options! Iris Caddis or X Caddis are great patterns to use right now.

Blue Winged Olives, we have been fishing in sizes from 16-10 and of course those Drake patterns! The bigger the better!

I came across more picky trout. Can you guess what they wanted? The Midge! That is my secret weapon for those picky fish! I use a Goober Midge and Griffiths Gnat. Both great patterns I like to drop behind a Caddis, BWO or Yellow Sally.

I am still coming across Golden Stone Fly Schucks. Hoppers are jumping around which means don’t hesitate to throw the big bugs! We have had success with Chubby Chernobyls, River Walkers, and Brian’s favorite fly right now, Cat Puke! That fly is a size 4-6 dry fly and he has been doing well with it. GO BIG!

Streamers are working well too. We did well with smaller bait fish and Sculpin patterns.  Wooly Sculpins, Olive Zoo Cougars, Brown Trout bait fish, Kill Whitey Rainbows have been producing.

We noticed this last year on the Blacksmith during the summer. When the smaller dries are not producing, we would throw streamers. This would get fish to come up from the deeper seams or off the bank. We noticed that this past weekend and we got into a lot of players on the Logan.

During the middle of the day, fish are hunkering tight to the bank or down low, in the seams smack dab in the middle of the river. If you come across a slow time, go big. Put on a big hopper or a streamer and target those banks and seams.

The Logan is fishing extremely well and the fish are very active. They have plenty of options for food. Get up the canyon and throw some bugs! Deer are still congregating close to the road at night. Be extremely careful going through the canyon at night. Go slow and be Safe!

If you are interested in flies, feel free to contact us through our email matt@whatareyouwadingfor.com. We are going to start posting our flies for sale here shortly. Stay tuned!
MR

Fishing Report: Logan River July 16-22, 2017

The fish on the upper Logan are getting overwhelmed with all the bugs in the air. So many choices for food right now, it’s making the fishing a lot of fun! Green Drakes are still coming off into the later part of the evening.

We are still seeing incredible hatches. May Flies, Caddis are taking over the river. We have seen Blue Winged Olives, PMDs, PMD Cripples, Rusty Spinners and of course the Green Drakes. So many May Fly patterns to choose from, they are all working well.

We have had success with a size 16 Blue Winged Olive. Yellow/cream PMD, size 16 has been a great fly too. As the evening progresses, we like to put on PMD Cripples or Rusty Spinners, when the May Flies start to die. The fish love those easy meals just floating on top of the surface!

The Green Drakes start to make their appearance around 8:30 and go late into the night. If you can stay out late, this is a real cool hatch to observe and the fishing is a lot of fun! They look like big moths over the river but that’s no moth, thats the Drake!

Caddis have been my favorite choice this week. We have had success with a white/tan size 16 Caddis. We have also used the same style caddis in a size 14 and 12. Caddis Emerger patterns have worked extremely well too. I like to use the emerger pattern as a dropper. Dropped behind a May Fly pattern or Caddis. Goddard Caddis have worked very well and we used a size 12 Goddard. 

After 9:30, you will start to feel a lot of bugs crawling on you. Big Bugs! They are Goddard Caddis and Chocolate Caddis. They are huge and from my guess a size 10-12. Don’t be afraid to throw big caddis during the day, because the fish do see big Caddis. 

The Bigger flies, like Hoppers, Chubbies and River Walkers are great options too. Hoppers are jumping around on the banks. We still see a lot of Golden Stone Fly shucks. The big flies are working very well and I love to use those flies mid day on the banks. Even throwing those flies in seams in the middle of the river, is a good way to get those trout to come up.

With all these bugs in the air, Nymphing is very effective. Try a Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Midges and I almost forgot, the San Juan. This time of year, the Hopper Dropper is a lot of fun. 

Dropping either of those smaller Nymphs off of a hopper is a great approach. If a fish goes for your top fly, you will see it and if a fish goes for the nymph, use your top fly as an indicator. I drop a nymph 16 inches below my top fly with no weight in between. 

The upper Logan is fishing very well. The fish have numerous choices for food. There is a lot of choices to what fly to use but they are all working well. A good rig to start with is a Caddis (top fly) and dropping a Caddis Emerger behind it. I have had a lot of fun with that rig this week. Get up the Canyon and enjoy all these bugs. Embrace them crawling all over you!

P.S. The deer are still congregating by the road. Be very, very careful driving at night. Go slow and have a great weekend!

MR

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