12 July 2008
The big bugs began showing up in the last few days. The river continues to drop and clear with each day. Current flows are at 12,000 cfs, visibility is improving as well.
Drift boat fishing can be tough when the water is moving quickly. Guides should be on the oars consistently to allow your nymph to get down in the slower water where the fish are concentrated, otherwise you are just on a scenic float. Your bugs should be heavily weighted so they get down quick. Adjust your depth constantly in preparation for the ever changing stretches of the river.
Top water fishing will be slow innitially in the next few days. You can bet fish are feeding heavily on the emerging nymphs. There are also some tricks involving your nymphs which I am not going to share.
I just spoke with my good friend Hank Fabich, he was a game warden in this area for many years and commented that he hasn’t seen this hatch this late in the year for the past 35 years. I guess we should take advantage of mother nature making things just right for us.
Our success has been good using heavy nymphs under the surface and a lot of rowing. Anchoring up should be avoided other than slow water along the edges. If you do feel you need to anchor up, remember that your choice of location is going to possible displace a lot of holding fish. This is not a competetion, so use good judgement.
The next few days will show improved dry fly fishing. Once the bugs have made it to dry land and done their thing, they will then head back to the water and the fish will definitely start looking up.
If you are wade fishing, try to pick areas of good holding water and make a lot of casts at different depths. If you haven’t locked in a float with us, give me a call and lets fish!
Good Luck and Be Careful! Respect that river!
Jim “JB” Klyap, Outfitter #7843
Dome Mountain Ranch