August 24, 2016
August 24, 2016
Well, I am comfortable in announcing that the 2016 Trico hatch is finally over, although I ran into just a smattering of black bodied male Trico duns early this morning. Until about 8:30 a.m. there were just some isolated rises, likely to Tiny Blue Winged Olives (#22). Then they largely disappeared and I noticed some pretty nice looking black Trico duns floating by. I stuck with the Rene Harrop Trico “No Hackle” pattern which had been so effective the other day but it was a distant memory to the trout. As the sun warmed the water there was a sparse but long lasting hatch of the Tiny BWO’s and a few isolated Callibaetis spent spinners and duns. The BWO Sparkle Dun performed well. I only landed 2 fish but the protracted period of working fish kept me on the water until 1:00 p.m. Now that the Purdys are threshing their barley crop I consider it to be the end of the summer, which means that we are starting to transition to “Gentlemen Hours” fishing. You don’t have to get down to the Double R real early like during the Trico hatch. You can stop for a leisurely breakfast and still enjoy some rising fish, which are admittedly tough.
In the afternoon I would pound the banks with terrestrial offerings including hoppers, beetles and ants, particularly on a windy day.
There is some interesting fishing to be had after dinner on calm nights. As I made my last patrol of the day, I saw trout rising every 30 feet or so from Beat #6 all the way up to the put in at Beat #11, and also from the Gazebo Bridge back down to my trailer. So, consider a “cigar float” on an evening when the wind cooperates.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch