Over the course of the past four or five days the dry fly fishing has picked considerably for dedicated dry fly anglers. With well below average water temperatures from Afterbay to Bighorn, the Blue Winged Olive and Midge hatches the past few days have produced some great surface action. While this sounds crazy for July, the cold water temperatures have allowed the bwo hatch to trickle off since March. I guided a gentlemen yesterday that I had guided in early April and we fished the same two flies yesterday as we did then for several hours, a Cripple Thor with a Griffith’s Gnat trailed behind.
Now to the beloved pmd’s and sallies that everyone is chomping at the bits for. I have guided on the lower river twice over the past five days. The sallies and pmd’s are emerging heavily in some areas and the fish have been taking notice. Yellow Sally adults, PMD duns and PMD spinners have all been working well. With hot air temperatures slowly increasing water temperatures hopefully this hatch will creep into the upper river shortly. Floating aquatic grass and off color water due to irrigation returns has made the fishing challenging down there when not fishing dry flies.
Throw in some decent dry fly fishing river wide with both ants and hoppers and anglers can spend the whole day on top. The dropper fished below a dry in the skinny water has been deadly. A tungsten zebra midge or bead head pheasant tail have been the ticket in the upper river and the tungsten split case pmd has been productive dropped under in the lower river.
Nymph fishing has been great river wide everyday. Sowbug or worm up top with a bwo or midge nymph below is the ticket. A few anglers are getting fish on pmd nymphs underneath in the riffles.
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