Putting it all together
There are many aspects to having a fun day on the water, and hooking up on some fish. The TLC ( temperature, level, clarity) is very important when river fishing for trout. Using a thermometer to check water temps , checking the USGS for flow rates and monitoring precipitation daily in a certain area will give you a big head start. Go fishing before, during and after a rain event. Looking at a hatch chart to see what could be on the menu, as well as turning some rocks over in the stream to see what nymphs and other aquatic creatures are active in a particular section of the river.
That’s a ton of stuff to stay on top of. Then it’s down to having the time to go. Sometimes you just have to go when you can and make the best of it. Then there are the times when many of those thing come together and you have a great time.
As a guide, it’s second nature to keep track of those things because I want our clients to have the best opportunities. Unfortunately I didn’t have a client when the tropical storm came in because everything came together.
Prior to the storm I knew water temps were on there way down for the low 70’s, because day time air temps were staying low and nights were getting down into the mid to upper 50’s. The water shed I was watching also had received an inch of rain 2 nights before the storm which only brought levels up to average when I check to USGS. That type of rain will just stain the clarity of the water which I love.
With the TLC looking good, I was lucky enough to have to time to check it out, and with the rain from the tropical system starting to pick up, I knew I should get going. When I arrived at the water the first thing I did was check the temp. while that was registering I turned a couple of rocks in the river to see what aquatic life was active. The temp was 68, level was still low and stained. There were small black mayfly nymphs as well as yellow cases caddis on the rocks.
I caught a couple of bows in that first location on a rig of a LR muskrat with a mini muddler as a dropper. I moved only a mile down stream to the next spot. Checked temp again a got a 62 degree reading and the rain was coming down at a good clip. The bows were much more active in the cooler water. I feel like I caught every fish in that stretch ranging from 6 to 16 inches.
State wide we received around 2 inches of rain from the storm which raised levels and dirtied thing up pretty good. This is exactly what we needed. Levels have been dropping quickly, which is cause to get back out there for another round of great fishing.