River Report: September 2nd, 2018
Happy Labor Day weekend. Last week we had a stretch of seasonal temps and some moderate rains around the state. This opened up portions of watersheds that have had a bunch of thermal stress, for trout, much of the summer. Since then we have been getting back into hazy hot and humid again and will be that way until Thursday. This will once again shut down many waters to C&R fishing.
We’ve been stuck to the mid size streams and brooks as they have been fishing well all summer. A few trips last week went for the cycle on the same stretch of water. I love catching wild fish in beautiful places. Catching all 3 species and getting a look at them up close is very cool.
Finding fish friendly temps has been the key. many fish will migrate from warm oxygen deprived water to cooler water even if it means swimming up tribs to find it. Usually by September we are thinking about putting away the thermometer, but it looks like you’ll need to keep them handy for another week. The break we have been waiting for looks to stay later this week. After Wednesday, when it could be 90 for air temp, we get into a long stretch of low to mid 70’s and lows in the low to mid 50’s.
Many of the fish we’ve been catching are taking large flies on the surface. Hoppers, Wulff’s, haystacks. This should be the case until we start getting some more fall like temps or BWO’s become the favorite option on the menu later this month and into October.