I was so encouraged by these results. I had previously thought my local wild rainbows seemed a little lower in numbers but it may have been that I could not get through the stocked fish, or that the wild fish some of the wild fish were keying into different flies than most stocked? Not sure. One thing is for sure that we are looking very god going into the dog days of summer. While we will likely see some intense heat at some point our fish are very healthy right now and ready for the stress. After surviving last summer, this one should be a breeze. Additionally, the rains have kept ground water levels very high and springs are pumping cool water at spring like levels which helps our river flows and temps.
I have seen a fair amount of bugs with some large golden stones, lime stones, small black caddis, sulphers, Light cahills, and a huge yellow #8-10 mayfly, I guess it must be a golden drake. I have not seen this bug much before, but trout were keying into them at high noon under bright sun. I was a bit surprised that they were hatching in warm weather during midday as opposed to evening. The trout had actually moved from their normal deeper run and the into shallow clear water adjacent to the riffle and were taking them off the surface. It would be nice if that hatch happened more often!
The remainder of the week looks warm, but then we cool back down with below average temps forecast. Perfect.
Im booked this weekend, but have some availability next week and the following sunday afternoon. Please look me up if you'd like to get out.