September 18TH Double R Fishing Report "Indian Summer"
Thursday, September 18, 2014:
INDIAN SUMMER MEANS THE LAST DAYS OF COMFORTABLE FISHING
On the Double R Ranch the hatches have been fairly consistent and reliable the past week, while the cooperation of the trout have ranged from willingness to high level lock jaw depending on the day.
The most reliable bug has been the Callibaetis. You can pretty much depend on the Callibaetis starting to come off starting round 11:00 a.m. each morning. Some days the Duns are the first to be sighted while on other late mornings or early afternoons the spinners appear first. Some days you will encounter simultaneous significant quantities of both Duns and spinners. Anglers have had success with Dun patterns such as the Parachute Adams, Callibaetis Thorax Dun, gray or tan bodied Comparaduns and Harrop’s Callibaetis No Hackle. Effective spinner patterns have included the Callibaetis Hatch Matcher and the Poly Winged Spinner. A good rule of thumb is to fish size 18 in “glass” conditions, size 16 when the wind creates a slight “chop” on the water surface, and size 14 in breezy situations.
The smallish (size 20-22) Summer Baetis are still thriving during the current Indian Summer. Mid-morning you are likely to encounter Baetis spinners and/or and emergence of Baetis Duns. I have taken most of my fish long the edges of the now substantial weed beds and along the riparian vegetation that lines the “real” banks. I tent to use olive bodied patterns for the emerging duns and rusty brown bodied patterns for the bank sippers which suck down spinners late in the morning just as the Callibaetis get started.
I have encountered Mahogany Duns on two early evenings thus far. They have been running at size 16 and their great visibility is a welcome relief from the bugs that make one squint. Look for this bug to become the Bug of the Day once the weather cools down towards the end of this month and through October, both on the field water and on The Pond.