Over the weekend, watersheds up and down the state received 2-3 inches of rain. This brought water levels up to bank full, but are receding quickly and will be at average levels by tomorrow. There’s a slight chance of rain today and tomorrow, but will not be impactful. In fact, river are expected to be in peak conditions as well as the foliage. We should expect water temps to be in the upper 50’s to low 60’s with good clarity.
The flush of water has Landlocked salmon making there move up tributaries to spawn. Last weekend our guides where getting out and finding fresh silver fish and getting a few to the net. These fish will be accessible to fly fishers for another month.
We have been having many beginners visit the state recently. They are looking to combined leaf peeping with a day on the river learning to fly fish. They have been treated nicely with good fishing and foliage.
This time of year we generally have the stream to ourselves, except where salmon are being targeted. It starts to get to cold for some folks, and Many people are starting to switch to hunting and other fall activities. They don’t understand that October is a time to catch big fish putting on the feed bag to prepare for the winter months. You don’t need a bunch of flies in October. Only a few bugs are hatching. Blue wing olives are most abundant. fish like them in very small sizes18-20. Be sure to have all phase of their life cycle cover. Pheasant tails, soft hackles and parachutes. Streamers are very effective right now. Make sure you keep it simple with black and white been good colors.
Speaking of colors….