Monthly Archives: April 2006

Hendricksons, Caddis and big fish…

This morning I was greeted by a smiling regular who was getting an early start on the caddis hatch. He reported releasing a 20 incher yesterday and is still smiling and fishing the Gunpowder. Flows are 120 Cfs and still dropping…Water temps are still in the high 50′s and there seems to be, dare I say it, no end in sight to great fishing..what are you doing this weekend?Following is a stream report from Jeff, another regular that connected last Saturday it reads:

Message: Theaux, Today I caught a 16″ brown, the biggest fish I have pulled from the Gunpowder, moments later I broke that record with an18″ rainbow and on the next cast a 14″ rainbow! I was using a 15′ 6x leader and the March Brown wet fly you suggested. All of the larger fish took the fly on a dead drift but I did catch some smaller guys while swinging it. Thank you for turning me on to those wet flies and for always offering such great advice. Jeff

We have quite a few wet fly patterns that have been acccounting for lots of fish -stop in and check them out.

Note: Check out the new Cloudveil gear, Scott E2 Rods and Lamson reels this weekend.

Hendricksons and Quill Gordons…

The river is low and clear at 66 CFs. Water temps in the high 50s-today we measured 57 F have made the fish very active and the rain in the forecast should help anglers get closer to fish this weekend. Expect the river to move a little this weekend and drop just as quickly.Some of our best days this past year on guidetrips were during and just after a spot of rain. Hendricksons in a #14-16 and quite a few Quill Gordons in #10-12 have been accounting for some nice fish. Soft hackles sized #12-16 and small bead head nymphs #16-18 in the riffles in the morning should make for a great start. Later on, a snowshoe rabbit emerger fished down and across should work fine. Using a female Adams in #14-16 by early evening is a nice way to trick some wary fish. Don’t leave home without a few Rusty spinners if you’re planning on fishing the evening out.

Note: We do stock rainjackets should you need one…

Hendricksons, Hendricksons, Hendricksons…

If you’re still letting the weather forecast dictate your fishing time you will be hearing about how wonderful the fishing has been without experiencing it firsthand. The river is at 85 CFs, clear and warming at about 52 F. We’ve had good mid-day hatches of Hendricksons with many of these early mayflies returning to the water as spinners by 4:00 PM. Plenty of midge activity is still happening above Falls Rd. Olives are a good bet through the weekend. As long as it warms up a bit and we have cloud cover the fishing will be outstanding. Earlier in the week we had a group of four beginners out with two guides on a full day trip.Everyone had a blast and upwards of a dozen fish were released including one that got away in the 20″ range. The same fish was seen moving upstream past a guide and client a few minutes later with a 16″ and 18″ fish. All three resumed feeding within two rod lengths of the party-quite a show.

Note: The shop will be closed Easter Sunday.