We have room for three lucky folks in a beginners tying class scheduled for Saturday. This class is from 10 AM till 1 PM, is limited to 4 people and covers basics of tying. Expect to tie a caddis, wooly bugger and pheasant tail nymph. Cost of the class is $45 per person and use of all gear is provided.
Water is cool at 40 F and clear, flow is 118 CFs and we’ve had several fisherman in today that should have the river all to themselves. Be sure to check out some great pics of Gunpowder fish caught the other week on dries by resident guide Jeff Lewatowski at http://lewscfa.com
Nymphing with stonefly patterns sized #14-16 and trying dries midday is still the best approach. Hair wing stones sized #14-16 will flutter and skate a little better in riffles. Bring a few quill winged stones #14-16 with you if you’re planning on fishing pools and flats.
Note: Warmer days are ahead… but don’t wait until it is “ideal” to get a line wet.
…and the consensus is…cabin fever. We saw as many folks Saturday as we do in June during the Sulphurs. With temps in the mid 50’s, the air was right and the water was dropping all weekend. Fishing dries is still very challenging with water temps between 39 and 41 F, so many fished double rigs like a #14 Red Butt Soft Hackle in front of a #10-12 Red Copper John. Falls Rd. through Masemore was busy enough, but there were not as many fishing as you’d think, just lots of folks gearing up for destination trips to Argentina, the Bahamas, Chile, and I almost forgot, New Zealand. This morning the flow was 120 Cfs and water was 39 F at Masemore.With a few warm days ahead, start early with soft hackles and get out midday,(a long lunch perhaps?) and try those dries again.
After the weekend, we’re starting to see a few risers midday.River conditions are excellent. -Flow is at 118 Cfs and the river is clear. Little black stoneflies, #18 and early brown stones #16 were spotted at Masemore Rd access.With water temps hovering around 39 F, It’s safe to say that more fish will be taken on beadheads and soft hackles this week than dries.If you’re starting early, bead head princes and zug bugs #14-16 are a good bet. If you’d rather fish dries, sleep in, eat an early lunch and get on the water around noon. Focus on shallow riffles and skate stonefly imitations sized#18-16, down and across and keep moving until you find one that wants to eat.
Note: Olive wooly buggers still outfish most flies out there, just remeber to move them SLOWLY along the bottom.