River Report

The river is up a bit but not blown out. Great time for streamers and wooly boogers. Also we offer small stream trips which the higher flow is perfect for rookies and wild browns.
Give us a call for up to the minute conditions ! 304-339-2359

Last day of July!! Really? Where is the summer going.

posted Jul 31, 2015, 10:05 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated Jul 31, 2015, 10:09 AM ]

The river is in great condition. the Mill Pool is getting clear and just a tad bit low but absolutely great fishing. Gnats, Ants, Midges are prevailing. The weather forecast is sunny and low humidity and in the high 70's all weekend. 

The Mill Pool has been on fire!!

July 21

posted Jul 21, 2015, 9:37 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

A little rain in the forecast today but sunny skies for the rest of the week. The Elk looks amazing with trout rising in abundance. Canes, Baetis and Cahills are still spinning.

July 5th

posted Jul 5, 2015, 6:57 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Here is a look at the river this morning ....
There is quite a bit of this going on :) .....
The springs are a bit on the murky side but the Dries are running green and there are Bwo's hatching as I type . Last night things were on the brown side but the Lady still produced a big rise of fish at dusk and there was lights out 2x big fly fishing to be had all afternoon . Must admit I had to partake ;) ... See you on the river ! elkfisher

Flat Out On Fire !!!!!!

posted Jul 2, 2015, 9:56 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Just as good as it EVER gets here :) !! There are trout rising in pods sipping a variety of tiny critters with #28 Bwo's and micro midges being the foods of choice . It is almost too easy .....

The river is beautiful with fantastic flows for July . Honestly it is better dry fly fishing right now then it was during the the Sulphur hatch , without the crowds . Triple digit catches for a day are a real possibility if you are comfortable with fishing tiny stuff and light tippets and heavy into double digits with terrestrials and heavier gear .

See you on the river ! elkfisher

June 29th

posted Jun 29, 2015, 10:56 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Much improved today ! By tomorrow the springs should be the color the dries are in the pictures below which translates into "Game On" :) .... Actually there are a few rising now and I am willing to bet the Lady will fish well today . May have to slip out and do a little "research" .... See you on the river ! elkfisher


Big Rise of Fish This Morning !

posted Jun 25, 2015, 7:36 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

For the 2nd morning in a row we have had a huge early rise of fish courtesey of a mammoth #28 Bwo spinner fall . Pods of rising trout with the action continuing for better then an hour before tapering off into a good solid midge rise . Here are a few pics to wet your appetite ;) ...




Beautiful Lady :) !

posted Jun 23, 2015, 7:10 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Well my girl looks like a million this morning :) ! Good to see these kind of flows in the latter 1/2 of June . Isos , Light Cahills , various bwos and Caenis are among the hatches &spinner falls you can expect to encounter now . We are also definitely into terrestrial time as well . Here is a look at the Lady today ...




What Do You Do When The River Is Up & Murky ?

posted Jun 18, 2015, 8:32 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

You Fish !!!! It flat out rocked yesterday . Started around 3 pm suspending nymphs on a 2' drop off a comparadun , fishing the edges of the river  . It was slow going for the 1st 45 minutes or so . Changed directions completely , putting on some serious lead and selecting a pair of what I like to think of as garbage flies and it was on from then on :) ......

Dozens of fish later (quite a few dozens at that ) and after noticing that only 2 other people were fishing I couldn't help but think that people would be well served to re-examine what they considered to be fishable conditions ;) . It is amazing what you find waiting when you get off the bench and into the game . Oh by the way, the river  looked like this ....

If you give the murky water a try I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you will find ....
See you on the river ! elkfisher


Great Flows , Better Hatches :) .....

posted Jun 9, 2015, 9:38 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

What a fantastic evening it was ! With the flows back to normal and both the hatches and spinner falls heavy , the best bug show in the region is still in high gear :) . Great Sulphur hatch , mammoth Iso spinner fall , blankets of baetis (both hatching and returning ) and still good #'s of Coffin Flies ! 2nd cast by my client last night (yes I am back on the river guiding again) resulted in a 20" bow . It turned out to be the fish of the day for us at least in terms of size . Caught all 3 species , got a little hyporthermic and got to see the river boil . A good time was had by all .

See you on the river ! elkfisher

A look at the Lady today ...








June 3rd

posted Jun 3, 2015, 9:47 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Huge Iso fall last evening in the middle of the stretch had the river boiling and the trout ignoring the much larger Coffin Flies . We got a bump in flows finally and the river is green milky which of course has made the fishing a bit easier then in the gin clear low flows of late .

This is in my mind perhaps the very best big bug week of the year typically so you would be wise to set a little time aside and come out and partake of the best the Lady has to offer .... See you on the river ! elkfisher

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