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Fishing Report June

Fishing Report and looking forward into July.

June saw some pretty major fluctuation along with some more rain and we came close to seeing some major flood gate action with threats of 40k to 60K CFS of flows.  Fortunately that did not happen as it would have caused severe property damage on the river.  The most we have ever seen is 50K CFS.  So- the lake levels are slowly dropping with the Bull at 691.39 and the Fork at 575.63.  The fork is generating 5k plus pretty much around the clock and Bull is 12k to 16K.  The C.O.E. and SWPA are gonna make some big bucks this summer.   The sulphur hatch also started in June. However the bigger flows have a tendency to knock this hatch down.   I along with a few other guides have had some great luck with John Schepps’ wired PT.  This is a fly he won a sow bug tying contest with and its a great fly for this time of year.  Other PTs are also working and of course after a rain storm the ubiquitous and highly productive san juan worm in various colors such as brown, brown and brown along with the wapsi worm brown color are pretty hard to beat.  As the weather heats up the girdle bug or turd as some call it work pretty well also.  In fact my fisherman caught fish on it yesterday morning.  This fly has become quite popular over the past few years and has spanflex (wapsi SX4-047) incorporated onto a 10 or 8 hook.  This is a heavy fly generally tied with lead wrapped around it along with either a brass or tungsten bead 1/8th copper bead depending on how heavy one wants it to be.  It is fished close to the bank and if your not losing one every now and then then your not close enough to the bank.  Fish it with heavier tippet than you think you need ‘cause if the brown trout are on it you will have a blast with this fly.  It is also a pain in the you know what to tie but is now a must have fly for your box on bigger water.  The depth of this fly can range from 3 or 4 feet to 4 to 8 feet.  A dropper can even be used but expect to loose some flies.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect heavy generation throughout July especially with the heat we have been getting. Terrestrials are working at times and the cicadas are getting heavier and louder. Accurate cast in shallow water or along the shady areas underneath trees are good targets. Velocity breaks such as rocks or trees can also hold some good fish so crashing a big bug into these areas can cause a take. Don’t forget midges on big water either. Sometimes black, purple, red or bright colored midges can draw strikes on big water. Dropping a midge below a SJ Worm can be highly productive so don’t forget to give it a try.
Good Catching.Jimmy T.

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One Heck Of A Caddis Hatch. Next Up Sulphur Hatch.

It showed up on time.  Yep! Caddis.  What a phenomenal hatch this has been.  This hatch has been producing lots of brown trout along with some big numbers of rainbow trout.  This hatch has offered the opportunity for both dry fly fishing as well as nymph fishing.  But I must say the nymph fishing is a ton better than the dry fly catching.  I’ve watched this hatch grow over the past 23 years of working this river.  When I started guiding in 1995 there was not much of a caddis from the dam down to White Hole.  Especially so with the sulphur hatch but 24 years later both of these hatches occur all along the river.  

Usually starting downstream these hatches work their way upstream and our trout really key in on them.  The caddis hatch in particular can get so heavy that the fisherman must must find another area where the hatch is not so heavy so that he can continue to catch fish.  The best part of this hatch is that lots of different types of caddis flies will work under the surface.  Fishing two tungsten bead flies on no or weak generation is very productive.  The top fly with a 3/32 tungsten bead size 14 with another below it size 16 with a 5/64 bead is the way most fish this hatch from a boat.  Swinging various flies while wading can also be very productive.  I have had several report of wade fisherman doing very well with soft hackles weighted and unweighted.  Generally a type of green body made with either wire or wire and dubbing.  Some with a tungsten bead and some without a tungsten bead depending on the depth one is fishing.  

As of this writing the caddis hatch is still going on but will soon begin to wane and give way to the sulphur hatch.  PT’s and drys can be pretty good during this hatch so be ready for it when it starts.  Usually towards the end of may and into June we should start seeing this bug.  Hopefully the water will cooperate for this hatch as it generally has done during the caddis hatch.

Call 870-404-8906 to book fishing.  June is shaping up to be a good month.

Good catching

Jimmy T.