Water temperature already dropping

August 30 – It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride this summer with water levels bouncing all over the place. The plug on the Roach River had to be pulled earlier for a time. All that did was pull in more salmon for the upper pools. It’s currently flowing at 115 cfs but will be likely be increased to 200 cfs by the end of this coming week. The perfect fall flow. We can count on an early run of fish especially with water temperatures already back in the 60’s.
Fish are still taking everything, streamers, nymphs, and dries. The tiny caddis of mid-summer have been hatching for sometime, mostly in the morning and late evenings.
In the morning look to the shaded side of the river. We have been seeing
hatches of small, #16 Goddard Caddis and tiny, #18 Black Elk Wing caddis. Small Hemingway
Caddis have been doing some damage on the feeding trout and salmon as well.
Remember when you are faced with higher than normal water levels look to the shallower, slower moving water near the river’s bank. Fish often move from heavy water flow areas where they normally hold to lesser flows and shallower (2-3 foot)water.Fish will be in places you never see them during more normal, lower flows.
Pull out your full bag of tricks. Start by throwing a cheeseburger over the bigger water. Tie a beadhead caddis pupa as a dropper behind the big fly. Fish see the cheeseburger but often grab the dropper hanging beneath. Use a double caddis rig along the edges and over shallow, slower moving water or put on a sink-tip line
and fish a good sized streamer in the depth of the pools and runs. It’s not to soon to use your bright fall patterns. We tied on a Montreal Whore the other day and hooked a nice bunch of salmon already in the river, officially starting the
spawning run of fall.
We’ve been told that the Moosehead Lake will not be drawn down as low this fall as in past years. It’s about the togue spawning. What this means is we should see a drop in the water flows sometime in the future but I know just when.
It won’t be long before the small pond trout emerge from spring holes where they have been spending their time during the heat of summer. When warming waters sent them to spring holes to wait out the heat they were fat and happy from all
the insect hatches earlier in the season. When they decide to leave the cool water of the spring
holes trout do so because they are hungry once again and begin roaming the pond for a meal. Launch out a nice, fluffy Wulff or a Hornberg, then give it a twitch once in a while so hungry trout can find it or try a traditional, bright fall streamer like a Micky Finn or Royal Coachman and use a jerky retrieve in the film of the water if the dries aren’t getting ant attention.
I can’t think of a much nicer way to spend a fall day than on one of our many small ponds.