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April 29th

posted Apr 29, 2015, 7:38 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Well last night showed promise .... thousands of Quill Gordon spinners in the air by 6pm ! Unfortunately yet again the sun dropped behind the mountain , a cold wind blew up river and the spinner fall simply did not happen :( ...

Today it is warmer , almost normal for this time of year and the river is beautiful . Surely this will be the night it finally happens , the spinners hit the water and the river boils . A couple of the creeks here have already had huge falls it is time for the Lady to offer up the same ... Here are a few pics of the river today and the lone fisherman so far ....
and the lone fisherman ! The mask marauder .....













Just One More Cast ....

posted Apr 24, 2015, 10:50 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

How many times have each of us uttered those words ? Sometimes it is on a night when you can do no wrong and in that instance it really means just one more fish , Sometimes on a day when you can do nothing but wrong and then of course it is almost a prayer of sorts or at least a way of trying to officially mark an ending point to the futility ....

Events of the last few days have led me to at least try to understand what it would be like to know that you could only have one more cast ....ever ... You meet many people on the river over the years . With some of them it is hard to remember an hour later what they looked like or what they said . With most you acknowledge a connection via the river and the strange rituals that define our sport but with a few you know when you meet them you have found a kindred spirit , a brother .

One of my brothers came here this week dying of a dread disease , the hour glass almost empty , with the title of this post being his final wish . Just one more cast . My friends desire was to sit and look at the river one more time and if possible make that one more cast . It was my pleasure to participate in this quest and watch one last time as he made that last cast and was rewarded with a nice bow .

My heart is too full right now to go into detail but I will say that the experience has made me realize that for each of us the last cast is coming and that we would be wise to fish more often , worry less often , surround ourselves with the things and people that bring us joy and take a moment to be thankful for this thing we call life . elkfisher

Wax Wings !

posted Apr 22, 2015, 6:48 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

They are back !! Now things will get interesting in a hurry :) .... I have come to think of them as magic birds . When the Wax Wings are active the fishing is good . They also are flat out my favorite bird which probably has something to do with the last sentence . Here is a look at one of the little hatch bringers ....

As for the river , take a look !! Not too shabby at all and an almost unbelievable recovery in 2 short days ....

You would be wise to gather up some #12 soft hackle Quill Gordons , some #18 Blue Quills and  #18 Bwo's , making sure to go heavy on emergers and spinners and head this way . A bird as clever looking as the one on the rock above simply can't be wrong ;) . Get ready to rock ! See you on the river . elkfisher

Up & Down , Up & Down .....

posted Apr 21, 2015, 8:40 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

The roller coaster river level syndrome continues ... The Lady has bounced back to fishable today but wading will prove to be challenging to say the least ;) . There is some decent fishing to be had along the banks and edges of the river with a variety of tactics likely to bear some fruit . The most interesting thing so far today is that the Quill Gordon spinners that didn't happen last evening are coming back right now , late morning .

Today , while less then perfect for us match the hatch guys, does offer an opportunity to go brown spotted shark chasing on Slaty . I recommend concentrating your efforts in heavy water just upstream from the major pools . This has proven to be a pretty consistent strategy over the years producing some very memorable fish and days . I would suggest throwing large bunny flies and "bait" flies . Take a lot of flies with you and a ton of weight . You are going to need both .

The truly hard part will be to talk yourself into fishing the water you need to be fishing ! When I say heavy water I mean just that :) .....

See you on the river ! elkfisher

Perfect :) !

posted Apr 18, 2015, 9:11 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

What a great day ! The river is in premier shape , the weather is beautiful , some old friends have stopped by , met a few new ones , the trout are feeding and best of all there have been perhaps 2 dozen youngsters (12 and under) through the shop all of them VERY into getting into fly fishing . This is how it is supposed to be !

One of the very best things you can do is to take a youngster under your wing and get them started . I promise you it will pay big dividends in both your life and the kid's .....

Given the weather I am again hopeful we will get the 1st big spinner fall of the season this evening . All signs point to it . If it does happen I will do my best to make myself put the rod down long enough to take a few pictures and "share the soup" with all of you . Here are a few shots from the Lady today .... See you on the river ! elkfisher

                                        A future Elk"o"holic in the making ....
        A fine young angler that I have had the pleasure of watching grow in the sport over the years ....
                                      A regular here communing with the Lady ...
                                                                  
  

4/17 2pm

posted Apr 17, 2015, 11:13 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

A mixture of Quill Gordons and Blue Quills coming off , neither of them heavy but enough out and about to have the fish looking . 20 minutes of fishing produced several nice browns and one big hook jawed male . The big one took a Blue Quill emerger fished dead drift off the back of a Quill Gordon comparadun . Nice fish and a good way to start off a come back year for yours truly :) .

I may get to sneak out for a 2nd short round later ..... See you on the river ! elkfisher

Scuds :)

posted Apr 17, 2015, 6:16 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 6:30 AM ]

I know this is hatch season but after a few conversations here at the shop this week I thought I should take time to introduce you to one of our stable , year-round , trout foods . Meet my favorite moss dwelling critter , the scud . Scuds are like tiny gray freshwater shrimp and extremely heavy populations of them inhabit the moss beds here . They are available to the trout 365 days a year and trout love them :) !

Scuds tend to get overlooked because they tend to be rather small with a #20 being a fairly large one . This is unfortunate because they (imitations of them ) not only produce well for numbers but are a go to on those days when mayfly/caddis/stonefly activity is limited . The little critters are a constant part of the trout's diet on the upper end of the stretch and therefore should be in your flybox any time you fish here ...

Your friend and mine .... the scud :) !
This shot will give you an idea of their size (note my thumb in the picture ....
Here is the most obvious place to fish them (there are many others) just below the main spring moss beds ...
This last shot is unrelated but food for thought . Look at this beautiful fishy little run . The river is full of these and it is shocking how few people fish them . Most walk past or through them on their way to the next major hole .
 Big mistake .... just sayin ;) ....

See you on the river ! elkfisher


April , 16 Much improved !

posted Apr 16, 2015, 8:54 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 6:31 AM ]

Flows are returning to normal again with clarity also improving . Once again all signs point towards this being a good hatch day with at least a fair amount of top of the water column fishing to be had :) . It is on the windy side but I would still classify this as a classic BWO day .

I will once again point out that you should not be sitting around waiting on the snouts and rings . Break out the lead and go down after them !! Hatches are almost sacred events to a fly fisherman and fishing a hatch successfully , through all its stages , starting on the bottom and working up , is one of the most satisfying experiences a fly fisherman can have .... As the Old Man used to say to me regularly ..."visualize the life cycle of the bug" !

If you compare the pictures below with yesterday's you will note how rapidly the river has improved

Here is a look at the much improved and I might add beautiful Lady ....
The Chute at the head of the Battle Hole ...



The Best Laid Plans .....

posted Apr 15, 2015, 10:00 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Well I was at least right about the hatch densities yesterday .... fairly heavy hatches of all 3 critters (#18 Bwo's , #18 Blue Quills and #12 Quill Gordons ) . What I didn't get right and couldn't have known was that they got socked with a big storm up by Snowshoe and by hatch time the river was ripping high and brown :( ....

Today things are rapidly improving with the dries green milky and the springs light brown milky . Still a lot of water out there so caution is advised while wading . It may however turn out to be a decent hatch day again and of course a pretty good day to breakl out the big rods and bunny flies and go shark chasing ! See you on the River ! elkfisher

                                                   The Lady This Morning .



         You Don't Suppose There Is A Good Fish or 2 holding in that current seam do you ;) .....




                                                             The "Dries" Today


April 14th BWO alert .... :)

posted Apr 14, 2015, 7:07 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Time to lock and load as conditions are perfect !!!!!! Steady drizzle , just a touch of color and fish already up on the fin . Gonna be a good one . With the Blue Quills and the Quill Gordons also underway this has the potential to be an epic afternoon . It is likely to be one of those typical Elk River days where you had better have all stages of all 3 bugs (#18 Bwo's , #18 Blue Quills and #12 Quill Gordons ) in the box as any one of the 3 could prove to be all they will eat .....

Remember that the Quill Gordons hatch on the bottom , then swim up already emerged making lifting or swinging soft hackles a great tactic during this hatch . For the Bwo's I would recommend starting on the bottom with P-tails then working your way up through the water column as the hatch progresses ....

This is hatch weather :) ! See you on the river .... elkfisher

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