Hello My Fellow Fly Fishers,
To start with the weather is great, today its around 60 degrees and the lows are staying above 40 degrees. 45-50 degree lows are the magic number, when this happens the midge and black fly hatches will be more prolific, in short "lots of them". As always in the spring these short weather fronts, put a damper on the catching, but luckily only during the front. When the sun sun breaks out the fishing returns to normal.
Right now the catching in my opinion is a 5 or 6, depending on where your at on the river, and of course the weather.
Right now the fish are making more and more "redds" throughout the river, mostly in deep unwadable water. So to fish them you have to strategically anchor yourself, to make deep nymphing possible, or you can drift over them. All colors of eggs (in sizes #10 to #14), and a chocolate chenille worm, have been producing the best. A caution in anchoring is to not place your anchor where it can be drug through the "redds". For those of you who don't know the term "redd", it means the spawning bed of the rainbows.
Another thing I want to talk to you about this week is the surface action going on near the shores. Keep your eye out for fish breaking the surface, they are taking some adult midges, but most are right below catching emergers. A lot of the time they catch them right before they make it to the surface, and in returning downward cause the surface disturbance, I call "poping". The way to target these fish is the dry, dropper rig. Use any medium size dry, and drop a zebra midge 20-30" below, on 6x tippet. You can drift by them using your oars, or anchor where possible.
And of course nymphing the riffles is producing a few fish (spotty). Looking forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon.
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