August 21, 2016
August 21, 2016
After an early dinner on Sturdy I took my own advice and floated Beat #7 with a friend. As we entered the water fish were working everywhere, and big fish, too. The only things of consequence on the water were Tiny Blue Winged Olives, about a size 22. We saw a few duns and spinners but the trout seemed to be taking something subsurface. We didn’t see but a handful of Callibaetis duns. We cast for a couple of hours before the wind came up and stayed. I had one “take” on a #22 BWO Sparkle Dun and my friend had a tug on a micro-nymph which he fished under a #22 BWO dun pattern. It is pretty sick when your “indicator” fly is a #22. But, it was a beautiful evening and we had a lot of targets. That’s all you can ask for, isn’t it?
It being a Saturday I didn’t fish in the morning out of courtesy to you Members, but only two Members signed in that morning. Hey, if you guys don’t start showing up on Saturday mornings then I am going to start fishing them again . . .
Sunday morning was largely wind free and again, only to other Members fished the field water. As soon as I launched the float tube a slight breeze started up but it only lasted a half hour. It turned out to be a friend as the trout nevertheless were taking something off the surface. A #22 BWO Sparkle Dun turned out to be the trick. When the wind subsided the rises continued and the trout podded up for a half hour of Trico action. Then the trout spread out and some Tiny BWOs hatched followed by some BWO spinners. There also were some spent Callibaetis spinners on the water plus a few Callibaetis duns. I remain optimistic that we are transitioning to a late morning appearance of Callibaetis duns.
You need to get out here on a windy afternoon for some hopper action. Around noon when I walked back to my truck from Beat #8 I kicked up a half dozen rather large brown grasshoppers, some of them 2 inches long. Early in the morning I found a grasshopper on my bumper that was completely dull yellow. I spoke with a Member who was fishing hoppers after lunch and lost the proverbial big one. Hey, join the Club!
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch