Mixed reports on Cicadas are flooding in.Anything from Zero to 25 fish have been reported on these patterns this week. The river has been dropping all week and with rain in the forecast this afternoon, I’d fish a few San Juan worms and streamers. Start looking at the smaller terrestrials in your box and find a way to fish them in the shade and along the edges of riffles. Bead head pheasant tails are back in circulation and a #14-16 is a great day saver if you come up short with dries. Sulphurs are #18 or so now and from 4 till dark is the time to fish them.
River level is in great shape and the water is clear and dropping.Two seperate reports this weekend of twenty fish days on Cicadas are worth mentioning. Sulphurs, Caddis, and Cicadas are dry fly fisherman and wets are still working in the riffles. Most of the Sulphurs are in the #16 range. With warmer weather in the forecast for this week they should start coming off earlier in the day -before noon and don’t for get to come out for spinner falls around 7:30 till dark. Olive bodied caddis have been taking fish between hatches and The section above Falls road yielded two Browns between 19″ and 23″ last week and a Rainbow that was close to 18″-all of these fish were caught on Cicadas.
After a soggy weekend the river has recovered nicely. Water is clear, dropping and is in great shape. The cloud cover should help one get closer to fish, just bring a rainjacket in case they open up. Dry fly fisherman rejoice! Cicada patterns are a good bet in the morning. Small green bodied caddis, like X-Caddis and Henryville Specials sized #16-18 are taking quite a few fish between hatches of Sulphurs.Most of the Sulphurs have been coming off between 2:30 and 4:30 PM The warmer evenings this week should allow for great spinner falls starting around 7:30 PM till dark.
Note: This photo is another from du Pont showing a slow water caddis next to a pretty little natural.
The gauge is still down but everyone has found the river level to be ideal for dry fly fishing. Water temps have been between 54 and 60 degrees throughout the catch and release area. With Rain in the forecast make sure you bring a jacket this weekend and enjoy some of the best fishing of the season. We had a group in today that picked up lots of fish at Masemore on #10-#6 Cicadas in the morning and #14-#16 Sulphurs in the afternoon and evening. Caddis have been working between hatches and a #16 or #18 is about right.
Note: Thanks to Jason du Pont for the nice Sulphur photo…
Even after the rain the river is in great shape.Sulphurs have been coming off between 2:30 and 3:30 PM., we’re seeing lots of #14-16 sized flies. If you’d like to fish spinners, spinner falls have been steady just about every evening starting around 7:30 PM. Caddis and caddis emergers such as the #18 X-Caddis have been working great between hatches. A few Big Browns were caught above Falls Rd. this week on Cicada patterns –so look out if you’re a 4″ Rainbow.
Note: All of the recently stocked rainbows were approximately 4″ long and all had their adipose fin clipped for identification purposes.