Caddis Caddis Caddis….River is on Fire!

June 9, 2013

Earlier in the week it was business as usual on the West Branch; streamers and nymphs, it seemed we were in the midst of the dreaded “T” word..transition. This usually happens in early June when fish haven’t quite figured out that food is on the surface. By Thursday things had changed. Caddis began hatching hard and hungry mouths were seen all morning. Not what you would call a blanket hatches but caddis steady through 1-2pm, the sinking lines and streamers were put away for floating lines and dry flies!! The fishing continued through the weekend although fish have become slightly more selective in fly choice. This is a great time of year to pay attention to fish behavior on the surface, fish will take adults flies on the surface in a very different way than emergers just beneath, so paying attention to feeding patterns can help with fly selection. Always remember the West Branch mantra “Foam is Home”
On the East Outlet we are still dealing with high water levels, bad for us right now but very much a blessing if your planing a trip in the future. This same week last year saw unreasonable water flows mostly above 10k cfs. We have seen water flows dropping at Brassua dam which is usually a good indicator for flows on the outlet. If we can stay away from measurable rain, things could be excellent by late this week into the weekend. Again there is an upside, in some years we might have poked just about every fish in the outlet by this time, so in the coming weeks we will see some very uneducated fish! They will not have seen a streamer nor will they know the difference between a elk hair caddis or a hemingway caddis. Very exciting!!