Cinco de mayo,
5/5/19 Macks to the mouth . This was my first time on the lower river since it went to 25,000 cfs. Current flows are 6400 cfs, prime flows 4500-5500. The river corridor is green, really green. Most of the woody debris has been washed away, some areas have piles of wood and uprooted trees. The blackberry invasion is currently at bay and much of the native fauna is back adding colors of bright green absent for years.
Fishing is really good right now, we had non-stop action until mid afternoon when fishing seemed to shut down. We fished “dry dropper”, euro nymphed and trout spey. All methods brought positive results and we basically crushed them.
There are no adult salmon fly or stone flies on the river …yet! We looked real hard but couldn’t find any. The hatch starts at the mouth and works it’s way upriver with the water temps, temps are still too cool. The fish are fat and happy and the bigger ones are willing to pull all the fly line off the reel!
Look for dry fly fishing to improve over the next several weeks when the big bugs starts to pop. The fish are keyed for now on the big bugs in the riffles. That will change when it warms up a little.
See you in a couple weeks. Tight lines,
April 27, 2019
Warm Springs to Trout Creek. 5500 CFS. Pre Salmon Fly hatch, fishing is extremely productive subsurface with stonefly patterns. We caught fish everywhere we stopped yesterday, most fish ate Jimmy legs, the color and size didn’t seem to matter. Fish also came on small bead head flies and san juan worms. There was a noticeable lack of adult insects of any kind, typically there are opportunities for march brown adults mid-day, but it was a sunny windy day.
The fish themselves are in supreme condition for the time of year. We saw multiple fish 15-18 inches but most of the fish we released were 12-15 inches in size, well fed and surprisingly bright. The dark fish above was the exception not the rule.
Going forward; fish a heavy dose of stonefly patterns just off the bottom, play with bead head pheasant tails or similar size 18-14, be ready for march browns (soft hackles and adults). March brown hatches typically come on quick and end after ten or fifteen minutes. If you see adults down’t be afraid to fish dries in the absence of feeding fish.
The river is still moving pretty fast with spring run-off, look for fish out of the main current and riffles.