We will be open the next two Sundays to help with your holiday shopping.
OPEN – December 16, 10 am – 5 pm
OPEN – December 23, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed December 24 and 25
We will be open regular hours 10-6 Monday through Saturday.
Fly fishing is best in the afternoon with a few great blue winged olive mayfly (BWO) hatches happening mid day when the sky is cloudy. It appears that the inversion layer that we have been experiencing the last few weeks has finally dissipated. This will bring extra heat into the river and get the fish more active in the late afternoons. We are catching fish all over the system from the state line to out east. We’ve had such a resurgence of fish from our past drought that there always seem to be fish biting even in these colder temperatures.
When looking for fish rising to BWO’s, search the tailouts of pools, eddys, and seams that will produce foam and collect insects. Hatches have been limited to smaller areas and not through large sections of the river. Sometimes just going around the next bend will allow you to find rising fish.
Searching for these hatches is a fun way to get outside, learn the river, and catch fish on the surface. Otherwise, nymphing smaller baetis nymphs, and attractor flies has been very effective. Adding weight to your rig will ensure that you are deep enough to be within a fishes strike zone.
Flies That We Suggest: Perdigon Black #16, Zebra Midge, Micro May, Tunghead Stonefly, Masked Marauder, Para Baetis, Moorish May Emerger, Para Adams
What a Season! Starkly contrasted with last year, this year has been amazing. Fish are coming into shallow water daily, and feeding well. It’s still not a numbers game but average fish is 6-8 pounds, and were catching a lot of fish over 10 almost daily. Fish have tended towards the indicator bite, but on slow days change to retrieving flies as that has proven to be effective on the days the indo bite is slow. Fish are also feeding at certain times of the day. As always first light and last light will produce some fish, but the main bite has been from 11-2 each day. That may change a bit with some sunny days in the forecast. I would expect a sunny day would push back their feeding time to 1 to dark or so. It’s also been nice to see fish still all over the lake. From south to north fish are being caught all over.
Flies that we suggest: Booby fly (Cat Whisker, Martini Olive, Dragon, Diablo), Balanced Leech (Peacock, White, Olive), Bellyflop Damsel, Marabou Midge, 49er Midge, Midnight Cowboy, Midnight Tadpole
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us. I’m thinking we are looking at some of the best fishing in our area in the not so distant future!