September 27TH Double R Fishing Report "Fall Fishing"
Saturday, September 27, 2014:
FALL FISHING IS HERE . . .!
During out ten days of Indian Summer fishing has been challenging no matter where you have fished Silver Creek. I felt fortunate on those days when I only landed two or three fish. But, each day was precious because I figured it was the very last day of sunny warm weather. A couple of days ago I pulled out my cold weather fishing clothing, just in case the weather would finally change.
On the Double R Ranch down in down in the field we had been experiencing Baetis spinners followed by duns starting around 9:00 a.m., and lasting for maybe 2 hours if one was lucky. In the mid to late afternoon there often were rising fish but all I could identify were size 24 Tan Baetis . . . . the Callibaetis seemed to have disappeared. Then a few Mahogany Duns showed up but the fish did not exactly key on them. The fish had developed lock jaw. When my favorite Blue Winged Olive dun and spinner patterns failed I would often turn to a #18 Pheasant Tail soft hackle or my “Who Knows Freaking Why” soft hackle. We were in the Transitional Doldrums which plague us on Silver Creek a different week each year as we await the great fall fishing.
Well, the weather changed last night. The forecast is for gray, overcast snotty weather which should bring out those wonderful appetizing Fall Baetis and Mahogany Duns which appear both on the field water and on The Pond. Also be on the lookout for that species of Baetis which locally is called the “Pistachio Dun.” It is distinguished by its lime green body and the trout love them; one can often pick up fish with a lime green bodied dun pattern even if the naturals are not on the water. I saw my first Fall Ginger Caddis the other day, about a size 12. Terrestrial patterns remain a good choice in between hatches and late in the day.