August 15, 2016
August 15, 2016
IT MAY BE OVER . . . some will rejoice, some will mourn its passing!
I have a sense that the annual Trio hatch may finally be over. It had produced some really challenging fishing, not to every Member’s taste. I’m not positive but that hatch is likely on its last legs. This morning I went out early only to encounter a prolonged wind which had not been in the forecast. Nevertheless, I did manage to land two trout in the breeze fishing a #22 Baetis Sparkle Dun. I saw just a few Trico duns but the trout were not “podding up” and I could not tell if the sporadic rises were in response to Tricos rather than Baetis. There was a nice hatch of Blue Winged Olives, size 22, today when the wind calmed down at 10:00 a.m. and yesterday there was an even better hatch of BWO duns and a lot of BWO spinners, the ones with a brown body. I have a feeling that these Tiny Blue Winged Olive will be setting the table for the rest of the month along with Callibaetis spinners (and hopefully some duns), followed by the Damsels.
In the afternoon I took a drive over the Nature Conservancy road and sat a while at the bridge over Stocker Creek watching some small trout rise. It brought back 20 year old memories of bush whacking a couple hundred yards up Stocker Creek and wade fishing my way back down to the bridge. At that time Stocker Creek held a fair amount of Brook trout, now gone from Silver Creek. I am told that the Brookies were victims of Brown trout predation and the 5 years of drought we experienced a decade ago. I haven’t caught a Brook trout on the Double R Ranch water for the past 3 years. It is a shame, as far as I’m concerned, because the Brookie is such a beautiful trout. But, the creek changes a bit every year and there is no stopping Father Time. So, tonight I downed a Costco margarita and toasted the departure of some finned friends.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch