Monthly Archives: August 2013
The cool weather last week made for some great hopper fishing, along with tricos, PMD’s and gray drakes. Water temps fell on the Stone, some cloud cover helped, and the fish started playing on the big bug. Look for fish sipping spinners in the flats and tail outs in the morning and on cloudy days. They are tough to catch, but there are some big boys slurping tiny mayflies. Later in the afternoon, fish are in the ambush positions, waiting for a big mouthful to float by. Hit every current line and curl with a fat hopper and see who wants to play. We also had some success stripping a small black bugger. Here are some of the fish caught since my last post.
The top flies of the week are:
Peach foam hoppers, bead head hare’s ear, red copper john, prince, black bugger, parachute adams, trico spinners, yellow parachute.
Had a great morning on Rock Creek and the west fork today. Fish were all over a Royal PMX with a prince dropper. The parachute hopper was working, too. Every good pocket and run gave up a couple of fish.
Hopper fishing has been slow. You need to go deep with a double nymph rig to get any action. Hopefully, the lower temps and clear water will turn that around. Tricos are out early this year, and some fish are on the spinner in the slicks. Very technical fishing with size 22 and smaller bugs, but rising fish will make a mistake and take a bigger parachute once in a while. Trail a Trico spinner behind a size 16 rusty dun and see which gets eaten. The most productive flies lately have been:
Hare’s Ear, size 14
Prince Nymph, 14
Pepperoni Yuk Bug, 10
Halfback, 10, 12
Foam hoppers, peach, size 8
Be patient. You will take a couple of nice fish if you stick with it.