The conditions for September right now are as good as we can remember in recent years. The water temperatures are just right, floating grass is not an issue and the fish are extremely healthy from the smorgasbord of hatches they have been feasting on for months now.
The Trico emergence and spinner fall were insane the past two days. My client an I fished the hatch from 8:30am until 1pm with the surface of the water often blanketed with spinners and fish chowing down in every direction. In the afternoon the Tan Caddis hatch remains very strong. The fish are really keyed into the pupa especially right when they are breaking through the surface film. Fishing a high floating caddis pattern such as an X Caddis up front with a translucent pupa or Lafontaine Sparkle Pupa is deadly. The Black Caddis hatch is not to be overlooked especially on the upper 3.
While the dry fly fishing is the main event for most, the nymph fishing has probably been even more productive, especially the boat fishing. The fish are stacked in the fast water eating caddis pupa throughout the day. Yesterday rods were bent in every direction and most guides were often doubled up. While specific caddis imitions such as the Bighorn Caddis Emerger and Lafontaine Emergent Sparkle Pupa are catching fish, more generic patterns such as Hare’s Ear’s, P Tails and Poodle Sniffers are catching fish all day.
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