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There it is folks, sunshine sunshine!! Air temps have made a rebound from our weekend freeze. Looks like 60's and low 70's with no sign of rain for a while. BWO'S have been hatching this morning like popcorn.
P-Tails and cream midges are being used as well
It is a gray and rainy day on The Elk but the levels and color are great. BWO's are still hatching. The browns are in spawning mode and with the air temps dropping for the weekend we should see a the brooks spawning too.
River is at perfect conditions once again. Great color and levels. Little brown stones and BWO's are enjoying the blue skies of Autumn as wells the Autumn Sedges too. There are some openings in lodging this week and weekend still so come snout and see us.
Rain is still falling and the river is finally coming up. Three more days are in the forecast and much needed so don't complain. BWO's are popping and the Sedges are still in swing. Put on your raincoat and get up to The Elk.
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
PS: There will always be some opportunities for solitude during the day even on the most popular sections as you can see by looking at this picture of the Valley Run taken 30 minutes ago ....
This being the case take some time this Sulphur season to share the fly that is working , or a cold beer at the end of the day . Perhaps let someone else step into the best part of a run full of snouts and catch a few ! In other words share the soup . You will be glad you did . See you on the river ! elkfisher
Well we are now in the middle of "big bug season" . If you have been reading the report lately you know that the spinner falls have been extreme , producing full blown cauldrens of Snout Soup nightly this week . You have also perhaps correctly surmised that there are quite a few people fishing here . If so you are correct ! Now I know what you are thinking .... "too crowded , bring your own rock , etc .. " . Here is the thing ... In my humble opinion you are looking at this all wrong ...Yes any river that's an easy drive from this many major population centers is going to have a lot of visitors but the thing is they are ALL the kind of people you WANT to meet . I did a blog on my old personal website called "Kindred Spirits " . That is who you will be surrounded by here this time of year . Think of it as full body immersion in fly fishing . Where else can you be surrounded by people that understand things like standing all day in a cold pouring rain because the Bwo's were heavy and the trout were loving it or that if the brown trout is big enough you throw caution to the wind and cross the swollen river to get the drift you need to meet him . If you have not sat stream side , after a huge spinner fall , drinking a beer and sharing stories , fly patterns , etc with a group of people that just like you experienced the magic of the river , all of you laughing like children then you have not experienced the Lady .
The Lady is boiling as I type this ! Another mammoth mixed spinner fall comprised of Iso's , March Browns , Grey Fox , Baetis and of course a fog of Sulphurs had the river on fire . Here are a couple pics of early action (by the time it really lit up it was too dark to get good pics but this will give you a feel for it :) ....
It is rare that you get to combine the 2 games this time of the year but the lower then normal flows coupled with 6 different mayflies on the water (often at the same time in multiple stages ) has produced the opportunity to play both of my favorite games at the same time . It is gin clear which of course allows you to get at the good fish mid-day with a variety of flies subsurface . Couple this with some pretty decent midge fishing and it makes for a great day which you can then make even better in the evening by taking in the mixed spinner fall and hatch events . Good times :) ....Here is today's look at the river and a couple of her inhabitants !
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