October 3, 2016
October 3, 2016
Sorry for the hiatus in blog entries. I’ve been a bit undisciplined recently as I have been fishing the creek with my two youngest sons. As the years pass I’ve come to the conclusion that there is nothing better than fishing with these two young men who are 19 and 24 years old respectively. We only had three days to ply the waters of the Double R Ranch but they were memorable. Not because of the fishing but for the opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives over dinners, campfires and on the water. We fought inclement weather, periods of nasty wind and the rain, but we braved it together and managed to catch some trout. For my youngest son it was his introduction to Silver Creek and it is safe to say that he is “hooked.” A return visit next spring is in the offing.
The Mahogany Duns are hatching and the fish are keen to them. Nice brown bodied #16 mayflies which look like Chinese junks floating down the stream and disappearing into the mouth of trout. Many of the trout we took were bank sippers but other trout were taking the bugs right in the chop created by the fall breeze. Just about any brown or mahogany bodied dun imitation will work fine. These imitations present a very visible fly so it is hard to “miss” a take, although we managed to do that quite often. Thus far I have seen no reason to fish a spinner, nymph or emerger imitation. The trout are readily taking dun patterns with gray or dark wings.
The Mahogany action can start at any time of the day, depending on the air temperature, wind or sun. Anglers have had success with Callibaetis nymphs as well. Large ginger caddis are also emerging throughout the day, as you can see trout clearing the water in their effort to grab emerging caddis before they escape the water surface. The adult caddis are a rather large size 14, much like an October Caddis but a bit smaller with no true orange coloration. Try fishing an X Caddis or Elk Hair Caddis along the bank between beats 14 and 11 (i.e. from the Gazebo Bridge down past the Sign-In Wagon). You might be surprised by the size of your catch.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch