October 1, 2015
October 1, 2015
The weather doesn’t seem to be able to make up its mind, nor does the Dominant Insect Hatch. This morning I would have bet my life’s savings that the forecasted overcast sky would have lasted all day, pretty much guaranteeing a fine Fall Baetis hatch and a strong afternoon Mahogany dun session. However, the sun suddenly broke through and ruined the chances that the fall insects would tantalize us all day. Instead of a dense hatch of larger size 18 Fall Baetis there was just a smattering of tiny #20 Baetis spinners. There were just a few straggler Mahogany Duns which were not of much interest to the trout. Not surprisingly, a few Callibaetis spinners appeared in the sunshine, both in the air and spent on the water surface.
Today I stubbornly fished a #20 Baetis spinner all morning. While there were few “working” fish, the trout were rising sporadically in all the usual places. Under those circumstances I drift an appropriately sized and colored spinner one to three feet from the bank. And by “bank” I mean the real bank which can be just the edge of a submerged weed bed. When fish are rising but not working consistently, I regard the isolated rises as a clue to where trout might be holding, make my cast 3 or 4 feet above where a trout has shown himself, and feed out slack if necessary to extend the drag free float. The key to success this time of year is your presentation. Today’s box score for your Stream Keeper was 4 fish hooked, none landed and 5 trout “missed” on the strike. Not stellar, but not a boring morning either. One needs to embrace the challenge and minor success.
The forecast for the rest of this week promises weather which falls neither in the summer mode nor the fall pattern. Thus, the hatches will not be predictable, to say the least. Nevertheless, there should be some enjoyable and comfortable fishing under low wind conditions. Your fishing strategy should focus on determining what mayflies are hatching, which is the dominant mayfly, and what stage the trout are focused on. Ly the fly down gently on the flat water, or be skunked. One tip I would offer is that when the water surface is like “glass,” you should fish a fly one size smaller than the natural encountered on the water.
MOOSE ALERT !!!!!
This morning Members were treated to an extended opportunity ti watch an immature male moose with a small but developing rack. I first observed this moose in front of my trailer. As the morning progressed the moose walked downstream, all the way to the peninsula and adjacent wetlands of Beat #9. There also were four mule deer in the vicinity. It can make up for a slow day on the creek.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper