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Keep an Eye Out ....

posted May 22, 2015, 8:58 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

for the tiny Bwo's . With so many larger mayflies out and about right now it is easy to overlook the little #28 olives . This is a big mistake as there are many times the fish absolutely key in on them exclusively forsaking much larger offerings ... I would make sure I had all stages of this little critter in the box right now especially the spinner . Just sayin ...

Not much in the way of a spinner fall last night due to the cold wet weather but this same weather led to some great tiny Bwo action . Those that had them in the box were smiling . Those that didn't ..... well there is always tomorrow .

Here are a few pics from the Lady today !

 
 
                                   







Still Smokin :) ...

posted May 21, 2015, 11:01 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated May 21, 2015, 12:16 PM ]

No change to report which is a good thing as the fish are still sipping all day , the hatches are still good and the spinner falls still heavy . Life is good ! See you on the river . elkfisher

                                      Elk River Hall of Fame Member Larry Orr on the  Lady Today !

Sharing The Soup :) ....

posted May 19, 2015, 11:52 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

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 .

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

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 ....



SNOUT SOUP !!!!!!!!!!!!

posted May 15, 2015, 6:07 PM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated May 15, 2015, 6:14 PM ]

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 :) ....






Sight Fishin & Hatch Matching :)

posted May 14, 2015, 9:47 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop   [ updated May 14, 2015, 10:09 AM ]

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 !













2 In A Row ...

posted May 13, 2015, 8:36 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

A 2nd huge spinner fall in as many evenings ! Sulphurs , March Browns , Grey Fox and Baetis all on the water in quantity despite the cold wind and the river of course erupted :) .....

Today it is cold for May , still quite windy with blue skies and gin clear water . Here is a look at the Lady today ...

You will note there are several really nice fish on the fin .... See you on the river ! elkfisher


Sulphurs ! 1st Red Fog of the season !!!!!!!

posted May 12, 2015, 6:39 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

The big show is here ! Mammoth #16 Sulphur spinner fall last night . Yep the full blown red fog . There is nowhere else you should be fishing right now , period . This is the stuff of dreams ! Fly fishing dreams :) .... A couple pics from last night ....




3 In A Row :) !

posted May 8, 2015, 2:00 PM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

The streak of all day rising fish now stands at 3 . The snouts were up and about quite early again this morning and have simply sipped all day . As you will see below the river is beautiful and with the March Browns and tan Baetis here (and a few scattered Sulphur sightings filtering in) it should be quite an evening ! Here is a look at the Lady today. See you on the river ! elkfisher
 
 





#28 Black Attack !

posted May 7, 2015, 8:45 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

Good things do come in small packages especially on the Elk River :) ! Big hatch right now of #28 Black midges . Here is a look at the "bugs" ....

and the results ....







May 7th , Morning Snouts

posted May 7, 2015, 6:40 AM by Elk Springs Resort and Fly Shop

For the 2nd day in a row they are on the fin early . A mixed hatch of #28 blacks and some Bwo's have the butter up again this morning . The 1st of the March Browns showed up last evening making them just a couple days late . With the forecast being for 80's this week look for other eagerly awaited insects to join the party ;) ...

Here are a couple pics ...
See you on the River ! elkfisher

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