September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015
It’s a beautiful time of the year to float the field water of the Double R Ranch. The forecast calls for warm sunny days through the weekend, and it could well be the last comfortable fishing weather of the season. I’ve been fishing daily since my las blog entry and it would have been total solitude but for the fact that I’ve had a lot of visitors. I had to take the day off today jut to regain my strength and rest my back as my fishing buddies ran me ragged. Most days the wind dies down by 9:30 a.m. and the water surface is as smooth as a window pane.
Fall Baetis. Today was kind of slow as far as the Baetis hatch was concerned. However, all week the #18 Blue Winged Olives (or Fall Baetis) had been hatching like clockwork at 10:00 a.m. I’ve been taking trout on BWO dries featuring an olive body and a dark gray wing even though the wings of the prevailing natural have been a pale gray. Friends of mine have been taking fish on emerger patterns and BWO nymphs cast in front of rising trout. If you encounter BWO spinners, think about tying on a #20 Hackle Stacker or you favorite #20 BWO spinner pattern. I find that under “glassy” conditions I do better with a spinner pattern that is one size smaller than the natural you encounter on the creek.
Callibaetis. Before the current warm spell there had been some exciting Mahogany Dun fishing but this sunny weather resulted in their replacement by yet another streak of Callibaetis activity. The Callibaetis Duns currently are a size 18, yet the spinners both in the air and on the water have been at least a size 16, sometimes a #14. Again, I have done better fishing Callibaetis spinners one size smaller than the natural.
Mahogany Duns. Even with the resurgence of the Callibaetis, a few Mahogany Duns have been following the Callibaetis, starting from about 2:00 p.m. The occasional trout has been taking a rather pale Mahogany Dun dry even in the absence of a natural on the water. So, be on the lookout for duns of the Mahogany Dun and try a dry if nothing else is working for you after lunch.
Terrestrials. It is the time of the year when good fishing can be had using terrestrials like beetles and ants when nothing is hatching. I had an exciting afternoon the other day casting a rather large black foam ant with rubber legs to fish that were bulging subsurface with no naturals on top of the water. The trout were hard to hook because the fish were actually sucking in the ant rather than taking the fly and rolling down. In retrospect, a “strip set” might have been in order. Other Members have reported success with large beetles. I can’t vouch for grasshopper patterns because grasshopper fishing isn’t my cup of tea. But, by all means try a grasshopper pattern and give me a report.
See you out there!
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper