Fishing Report - Sept. 21, 2010
by Mike Kaul, Two Rivers Emporium
September 21, 2010
It is time for the bows to be strung, barrels to be cleaned, and the change to a fluorescent orange cap.
The beginning of hunting season marks a change in fly fishing conditions. The water flow in the Green and New Fork Rivers, as well as the many tributaries that empty into them, has decreased significantly and the water clarity is excellent. The low water conditions prompt the fish to move into good holding areas and make it a little easier for the angler to hunt the wily trout on the many streams we have in our area.
The low, clear water does present a challenge in getting a fly to the feeding fish without spooking them. Use longer leaders and finer tippets to get onto these shy fish. The cold nights and low early morning temperatures lead to some sluggish feeding patterns early in the day, but as the water and surface temperatures warm up you will experience some excellent fishing opportunities through the remainder of the day. The mid-day hatches are good, featuring a variety of may and caddis flies, along with some mid- and large-size hoppers.
The surface action has certainly picked up the past few days, so arm yourself with caddis, and your favorite adams pattern, sizes 12-16. Hoppers and hopper profile patterns like the bugmeister or pmx sizes 8-12 will work well on all our streams and always trail these patterns with a small nymph like a prince, rubber legged or plain copper john, sizes 12-18.
Streamer patterns of all types will continue to work well on the larger rivers. Expect to see an increase in Brown Trout activity in the next several weeks as they move around scouting for redds and get ready for their fall spawning ritual.
Call Two Rivers Emporium for current conditions. 1-800-329-4352.