The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

July 31, 2018 11:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Well folks, it’s getting a little tough out there.  Not to sound like a total downer, but you had better have your ‘A’ game on right now.  Our fish have seen a lot of pressure the past couple weeks and aren’t too keen on being slapped in the head by fly line any more.  Needless to say, it is still very good out there, it’s just fishing more like a big spring creek.  Not quite Henry’s Fork or Missouri tough, but not far behind. 

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Our Tricos are still around, but the fish are sure getting a little picky.  6X is a must in most spots and a well presented fly with no line splashing on the head is crucial this time of year.  The standard patterns are all working well, but there are a few different kinds of spinners on the water including Females (18), Males (20-22) and Pseudocloen spinners, so be prepared.  The upper 3 remains the most consistent for bug activity while the lower 10 is very spot specific.  An early start is very important for getting a good spot.  Our guides have been meeting our guests between 5:30-6:00.  

We’re seeing some pretty decent hopper action right now, which is some of the funnest fishing of the year.  Don’t expect 30 eats, but if you stick with it, you’ll see some really nice fish.  The Pink Morrish and Tan Parachute hopper have been the top producers.

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Ben found some nice hopper eaters this past week

The Bighorn fish seem to be pretty stuffed after the morning Trico extravaganza which has resulted in tougher than normal nymphing.  Actually, this has been some of the most inconsistent nymphing we have ever seen on the Bighorn, especially below 3 mile.  Carpet Bugs (tan 14-18), Orange Scuds (12-14), Poodle Sniffers (18), Pseudo Quills (cream) and Tung Teasers have been the best patterns the past few days.  

Decreasing flows are supposed to be on the way, but we’re not quite sure when.  Let’s hope the water clears up a bit more and the fish get back on track!

Just a heads up, the Yellowtail market remains closed and is still out of gas.  Come prepared!!

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