Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
6. Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7. Blue-winged Olives
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing Strategies - Coming Week - What Flies to Use
First, the weather and stream conditions report I missed yesterday:
Today nice and sunny with a high near 64 and a low of around 43.
Wednesday's high will be near 68. Showers are likely (60%) Wednesday Night
with a low of around 47. This could put some snow in the highest elevations.
Thursday shower likely with near 57. Chance of precipitation is 80%. The low
Thursday night will be about 35. Friday should be sunny with a high near 58 and
a low of 34.
Saturday should be sunny with a high near 61 and a low of 38. Sunday looks
about the same.
The total amount of rain from the fast moving cold front looks very low, about like
last week. I doubt it will have much effect on the low stream levels. There will
probably only be a slight increase in the levels because the amount of rain
expected is only about a quarter of an inch. Of course, that could change but I
doubt it changes much.
Fly Fishing Strategies:
Selecting flies should always be a matter of choosing the ones that will produce
the highest odds of success. Those that produce the highest odds of success
are always those flies that best imitate the most plentiful and available food for
the trout to eat at any given time and place. That is what the trout focus on
eating. Knowing what that food is and imitating it well, versus trial and error
methods of selecting flies, will always produce the best results.
The strategies I'm suggesting are not much different from those I suggested last
Larger Middle and Lower Elevation Streams:
I suggest you use a Perfect Fly Blue-winged Olive nymph, size 16 or 18 in the
mornings. It will imitate the most plentiful and available food at this time of
the year. Keep in mind, this isn't to say they will hatch. It is just to say that except
for midges, the nymphs are the most plentiful food right now. Continue with it
until you see something hatch which most likely would be BWOs.
I would stick with the Blue-winged Olive nymph until they begin to hatch (if they
do), and then switch to an emerger or dun imitation of the BWO. By the way, they
hatch in far less numbers on clear day than they do on cloudy or overcast days.
There could also be a BWO spinner fall but if so, it will be near dark. If you fish
late in the day, I suggest you have a few Perfect Fly BWO spinners on hand.
If you are seeing any Slate Drake nymphs on the rocks along the streams, I
suggest you switch to a Slate Drake nymph. If you do, you should also watch for a
Slate Drake spinner fall near dark. They are large enough you can see them,
even in low light conditions. If you see any spinners falling, switch to the Perfect
Fly Slate Drake spinner.
Great Autumn Brown Sedges will continue to hatch. These start emerging late in
the afternoons and early evenings. If you see any of these large caddisflies, you
should switch to a Perfect Fly pupa imitation of them. If you see them laying eggs
(dropping down and fluttering on the surface), switch to the Perfect Fly Adult
Great Brown Sedge.
Smaller Middle and Higher Elevation Streams:
The streams in the higher elevations are going to be colder than they have been
recently. You may want to avoid fishing them in the mornings. In case you want
to fish them, I'm suggesting a different strategy for them than the larger, lower
elevation streams. You should fish a Perfect Fly Little Yellow Quill nymph in the
mornings and continue with it until you spot something hatching. Most likely that
would be Little Yellow Quills but it could also be the little Needle Stoneflies. Both
of these insects are hatching in the higher elevations. The Little Yellow Quills
normally start to hatch around the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any, switch
to an emerger or dun imitation of the Little Yellow Quill.
If neither of these insects begin to hatch, you may want to switch to a Needle
Stonefly nymph about the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any Needle
Stoneflies laying eggs, switch to the Perfect Fly adult imitation. Remember, when
they are flying, the little Needle stoneflies look more like caddisflies than
You may also find some Little Yellow Quill spinners from the previous day's hatch
showing up late in the day. Sometimes, the spinners from the day before appear
during the same time of the current day's hatch. Their light colors make both the
duns and spinners fairly easy to spot.
Keep in mind, the strategies I'm suggested are based on increasing your odds of
success or catching the highest number of trout possible, not the largest size
trout. There are other specific methods of fishing that will produce some much
Also, keep in mind that I'm well aware that some of you may prefer to fish dry flies
more than the above strategy suggest, but again, the strategies provided are for
catching the highest numbers of trout, and depending on individual preferences,
not necessarily having the most fun
If your fishing a stream that has brown trout, it is a good idea to always scan the
water ahead for larger browns. Pre-spawn and spawning browns are frequently
seen out in the open at this time of the year. The pre-spawn fish are usually
aggressive and will often attack a streamer that gets near them. It isn't a bad
idea to fish a streamer anytime under low light conditions, or if any rain stains the
The brown trout spawn will be increasing over what it has been this coming week.
Please don't bother those on their redds.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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