We haven’t seen much of a change in fishing the past couple of weeks. Fish are still cruising in shallow water and around structure looking for food. Midgs are crucial this time of year!
Insects are the main cuisine on the menu, but remember that perch fry love structure too and they also eat midges. Throwing a balanced leech is not out of the question. If fishing gets slow, switch to a leech or change your depth. Sometimes this means you’ll have to change location to access deeper or shallower water. The LCT will also suspend in the water column this time of year based on where there food supply is. Just in one day in 13 feet of water we’ve caught fish in 12 feet 10 feet and 6 feet down throughout the day.
Guides Tip: On windy and wavy days adding a split shot or tungsten putty above your bottom fly will keep your flies taught to your indicator allowing you to stay in contact with your flies. Two midges are not heavy enough to keep tight on wavy days.
If you are a retrieveaholic and the idea of staring at an indicator bores you to no end, then I would suggest fishing a single (or double) boobie at beaches that have a limited drop off. You want to target beaches that are roughly 8 ft or less when retrieving this time of year. One thing that I have noticed this year is that the LCT are losing interest on slow moving flies or retrieves that incorporate pauses. Keep the flies moving and keep the fish interested!
Little bit of a shock of cold weather over the weekend. Water temps rose to the mid 40’s before this storm dropped the temps to the mid 30’s. Ice was flowing down the river earlier in the week, but that has since cleared up. This shut down the fishing for the last few days, but with warmer temperatures back in the forecast fishing should bounce back to what it has been this winter… Epic! Dry fly fishing has been occurring almost daily on the river. Calmer overcast days are best but we have seen noses poking up on sunny bluebird days as well. Windy days are the ones you’ll want to avoid if you’re looking to get in on some amazing dry fly fishing! Fish are sometimes holding in just inches of water when looking up for food. They are also in faster water than you may be expecting. Really slow down and survey the water before casting or moving on. Otherwise, focusing on slow seams and eddys is key.
Nymphing has been good when the fish are not looking up. Small flies, #18 and #20, have continued to fish well. Attractor patterns such as worm patterns and egg patterns can trigger a strike as well.
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