Fly Fishing in September
When it comes to fly-fishing, they say the difference between a good day and a great day is often just one split shot.
And while I’d have to say I agree with this statement- and that I’ve been known to go on a rant or two about using enough weight when nymph fishing- this statement has been the furthest thing from the truth lately. Now, this isn’t because the fish have gotten dumber or any easier to catch necessarily, but it’s that I couldn’t really tell you the last time I needed a nymph to catch a trout on a guide trip. (Notice how I said ‘needed’ there as well.) Sure nymphing is still putting a fish or two in the net here and there (and I’m sure a whole bunch more if I was doing much of it) but if you’re not getting out there right now taking advantage of how eager the fish have been to look up, then you’re really missing out on some serious fun. The hopper/dropper routine is still putting plenty of fish in the net, and if you’re a trico fan then I’d imagine your cheeks are starting to get a little sore from so much ear to ear grinning. This has been the most consistent hatch we’re seeing day in and day out over the last several weeks and the fish have been gorging themselves when these tiny little mayflies decide to do their morning dance. Aside from these two surface options though, on any given day you’re likely to run into a few PMD’s, BWO’s, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, or even a Golden Stone or two. Case in point, there’s still plenty of bugs around to keep the fish feeling happy and their eyes focused on the surface. I've even seen some good ol' fashion attactor patterns such as a Royal Wulff, Stimulator and a Parawulff trick a trout or two (or a lot). If you ask any of our guides though (myself included) you'll likely get the same response, "just fish a chubby". Cross your fingers for a little cloud cover and you might just experience some of the best fishing you’ve had all year. Cover water and focus on keeping those bugs tight to a grassy bank, or floating high through the shallow riffles and I think you’ll quickly realize exactly what I’m talking about. Aside from that, the mornings are starting to cool off ever so slightly and we’re at that point where having the internal “do I wear waders” debate is starting to become slightly more of a real decision. Most days however, by mid-morning you’re probably wishing you hadn’t put them on. Looking around at the scenery these days, you can tell Fall hasn’t forgotten about us, but just isn’t quite ready to really wake up from it’s 3 season long nap. Given the reality though that time never seems to slow down, and I’m confident it’ll be here before we know it. Yellow is starting to creep in on the grasses, replacing the abundance of green we had due to the exceptionally precipitous start to the summer. Either way, things are shaping up to (what will hopefully) be a truly incredible fall around this great state. For now though, the gettin' is still quite good...so go get it.