September 2, 2016
September 2, 2016
WEEKEND FISHING FORECAST
We are entering that time of the season where on the Double R Ranch there is no dominant mayfly hatch, as the Trico season is pretty much over and the weather is in transition. In my opinion, or in my delusion, the cooler nights are responsible for slowing down the Tiny Blue Winged Olives of summer which thrive in the heat. We are weeks away from the consistently cooler weather which get the much larger fall insects going strong. By that, I mean the Fall Baetis which run in the #16 to #18 range, the Mahogany Duns which measure out at #14 to #16, and the #18 Pistachio Duns which appear for about a week in the glory of their lime green bodies.
The creek itself is running at a low flow, only about 35 cfs. But, you really can’t see that on the Double R because the summer vegetation growth has raised the water level over some of the boardwalks! Fish are still rising when a hatch is on. With many Members departing after the Labor Day Weekend you can expect a modicum of solitude most mornings and afternoons. It is starting to become “Banker’s Hours” fishing.
More than about any time of year, it helps to be able to recognize the mayfly that is getting rises out of our trout, and to make a good guess at what stage of the hatch is involved. Likely candidates causing the rise would include the Tiny Blue Winged Olive (##20-22) in the morning and the small Callibaetis (#18) late morning and throughout the afternoon. There also are a quantity of really small “Tan Baetis,” about a size 26, here and there on the Double R if that is your thing. Keep an eye open for small dark caddis, brown or dark gray, sizes 16 to 18.
It is also time to get your hopper patterns out and cast them towards the banks when no hatch materializes. Beetles and ants should be in your arsenal; they needn’t be too small.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch