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A Little Snow but Trout Still Active

posted Mar 28, 2015, 9:28 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

We got a couple inches of snow last night but not enough to stifle the trout. I can see them staging in the Mill Pool waiting for size 16 stone fly patterns. Pheasant tails and soft hackles are still producing. The river flow is perfect and green in color. Put on your layers today and come on out on a day without any crowds. The river will be yours!

Sipping Again ...

posted Mar 26, 2015, 8:20 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Yes , this is more like it !! For the 2nd straight day I arrived at work this morning to find the brown fish already up on the fin . Again it is a mixture of Black midges and black #16 stones with the midges being the favored target . The river is simply beautiful right now and there is the distinct scent of promise in the air :) .... elkfisher

March 25 Snouts !

posted Mar 25, 2015, 10:50 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

There is nothing much better then arriving at work in the morning and finding the trout already up sipping . Today was one of those days ! A weak hatch of #28 black midges had several browns on the fin .

The Bwo's are picking up steam , with better hatches sure to come very soon . In the meantime between the midges and the #16 black stones there is good surface action to be had .

Let The Games Begin !!

posted Mar 9, 2015, 7:31 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

It has been a long 5 week stretch of bitter weather , blizzards , ice flows , etc but finally there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel .... Today dawned much warmer  for the 3rd day in a row , most of the lower elevation snow is gone , the river is beautiful (after some very high water ) and the stoneflies and a few #18 BWO's are hatching . You can for the 1st time this year feel a bit of Spring .

Black softhackles have been the leading producer of late with of course P-tails being a good choice as well . I would recommend either a Black Bear Ordinary or a CDC stone dry for the top water action but hedge your bets and drop a softhackle off the back :) ... See you on the river ! elkfisher


posted Feb 16, 2015, 10:09 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop


Stonefly Season :) !

posted Jan 23, 2015, 8:06 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 8:15 AM ]

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 .

Water temps are on the cold side but stable and they are feeding well . See you on the river !

October 26th

posted Oct 26, 2014, 8:33 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

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 :) ....

Getting back to normal ...

posted Oct 18, 2014, 9:13 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

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 !

October 12

posted Oct 12, 2014, 8:37 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

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 !

Better yet :) !!

posted Oct 9, 2014, 9:05 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

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 ....

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