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August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015:

On Wednesday the morning was delightful. When I launched my float tube at 7:30 a.m., there was no wind and the water surface was like glass. On top of that it was so warm that I didn’t even put my wool shirt on, just a fleece vest over my long sleeve tee shirt. Of course, nothing was rising that early so I had to sit in the tube and occupy myself with my own thoughts for an hour, always frightening. I did get to observe a rather large trout “tailing.” Its tail was sticking out of the water and its body was at a rather acute angle, just 20 degrees short of totally vertical. This monster was likely picking nymphs off the aquatic plants, as to my knowledge we do not have a significant population of scuds in Silver creek, much less shrimp. A Member reported seeing the same behavior.

Eventually, I began to see a few rise forms but the trout appeared to be taking nymphs just below the surface. As I hadn’t yet converted to a 7X tippet I decided to tie on a #20 Harrop’s Trico Nymph which I hadn’t fished since last season’s Trico hatch. I just cast the nymph downstream on a 45 degree angle and let it swim through the area where I had seen the trout bulging subsurface. I missed the first “tug” but later hooked up and landed 3 trout, all Rainbows. When the rise forms became more widespread and indicated that the trout were onto duns and/or spinners, I put on a new leader and fished a white bodied spinner pattern. I landed 3 more trout including an 18 inch Brown. This was the most success I have had during this season’s Trico hatch which I have found to be most challenging. My sense is that it is easier to hook fish now that the Trico hatch is beginning to lessen in intensity. So, while the Trico hatch only lasted for less than an hour this morning, I’ll be out there again soon. If you get on the Ranch water well before the trout pod up, consider swimming a small black nymph before the dun and spinner action starts, even if nymphing is not usually your cup of tea.

Today I went out to the field water early again. What a different day compared to Wednesday! I could not buy a fish on Harrop’s Trico Nymph and struck out on spinner and dun patterns when the trout gathered in pods. Unlike Wednesday, the Trico hatch was followed by a quantity of Callibaetis duns and spinners and I was surprised that I was unable to pick up even one bank sipper on a Callibaetis Hatch Matcher or a Rusty Spinner. The “Skunk” struck back on me I guess. This experience only makes me more determined to get out there and have success tomorrow. 

I have a report that Callibaetis are again hatching on The Pond, so if no Callibaetis come off on the field water after the Trico hatch you might want to move to The Pond for the rest of your visit.

You may see some rather large Dragon Flies out on the field water. I’ve had some success in past years with dragonfly nymphs on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. I’ve been thinking of trying an unweighted dragonfly nymph in one of the deeper stretches of the Double R field water, figuring that these large juicy nymphs might be favored by the larger trout if offered with a good presentation.

Doug Andres

Stream Keeper