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WATER IS AT GOOD LEVELS, WEATHER IS COLD AND SNOWING. HIGHS IN THE LOW TEENS AND LOWS IN THE NEGATIVES. SPRING CANT COME SOON ENOUGH!!
Water temps are on the cold side but stable and they are feeding well . See you on the river !
There is very consistent action , both top and mid column , to be had now . The tiny winter stones . from #20 - #24 are full on and the trout seem glad they are ... Typical winter time Elk River fishing . Small and black is a good place to start . The Stones are best mid-day with some outstanding hatches of black midges late afternoon - evening .A good place to start , for the stones , is a pair of black soft hackles or a CDC stone up and a soft hackle down if they are high in the column feeding . For the midge hatches you really don't need anything but a pair of Elk River little black pupae with a bit of frogs fanny on the tuft of the 1st and xink the trailer .
A beautiful day , wrapping up a great weekend here in Paradise ... Thank you to everyone that helped make this yet another fantastic couple of days here on the Lady ! You will notice how she has come out of the high flow period looking cleansed , fresh and new without sacrificing even a bit of her timeless beauty . That's my girl !If you can identify the location of this next picture you know the Lady well :) ....
Things are settling back down after the 4" + (not a misprint) rain event and the flooding that it caused . As you can see below , flows are great and the fish are smiling ;) .... You will note the "Dries" are no longer dry !
So what does a jack"o"lantern have to do with fishing ? Not much I guess other then we wanted to remind you to stop in AFTER chasing butter the 31st and party with us !
Another wonderful RAINY Autumn day !! I hate to keep going on about rain but after months without any I just can't help it ;) ..... The leaves are past peak on top (4000' ) and just at peak here at 2300' and between the leaves , the browns and the rain/good flows it truly is paradise here right now . See you on the river !
Even better flows today ! It is so good to see the Lady back in good shape again . oh did I mention the browns are beautiful ? If not I should have take a look at this one ....
FINALLY !!! Real good level bounce from the rain last night and both the fish and the fishermen are loving it :) ..... The river is on the rise and the browns are on the fin , time to fish !
Fall advances and solidifies its hold on the valley of the Elk as the 9th month comes to a close ! Still VERY low and clear water but thankfully still quite cold and producing fishable hatches of Parleps , Bwo's and midges . The foliage is almost at peak in the high country and as you can see closing rapidly here .
Just a few of the sights here in the valley of the Elk aka Paradise ..... The annual leaf show is really getting under way now and the browns are paired and fighting , which is what these 2 were doing .... I love this time of year !!
Ed "Gandolf" Ellis , the fishin magician at work on the low waters of the Mill Pool ! The fall colors are coming on strong now ....
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