June 8, 2017
June 8, 2017
Well, I obviously have not been out personally fishing the Double R Ranch water, but I have received numerous reports from Members who have fished the Ranch on different days and at different times. Many have indicated that the early spring fishing has been productive and exciting. It is my understanding that only 5 or 6 anglers have been fishing the Ranch daily, so Members have plenty of solitude and can usually fish their favorite beats. The hatch reports vary, probably because of the different days and times of fishing, but here is an overview of what I have been told. Thus far, it is mostly a mayfly thing.
Blue Winged Olives are definitely the mayfly to look for during the first half of the day. While some larger BWOs were spotted at the beginning of the season, now we are encountering them in the #18 to #22 range. The hatches are denser on snotty, overcast cool days but the bugs can be larger when it is warmer. So, lure the trout with your favorite dun pattern and don’t fail to try emerger, cripple and spinner offerings when the occasion presents itself.
Pale Morning Duns. Currently, Members can encounter two distinct species of Pale Morning Dun mayflies at separate ties of the day. Don’t ask me to identify whether the specific species is Inermis or Emphemereta (sp?) because: (a) I’m not there; (b) I couldn’t do it anyway; and (c) one would have to examine the male genitalia and that is probably illegal in at least 14 states. However, one brand of PMD is about a size 18 to 20 with a distinct yellow coloration, and the other is much larger, a size 16 to 14 in a cream or Light Cahill hue.
Callibaetis are making their appearance, particularly on the sunnier warm days, both on The Pond and in the Field Water. They are a genuine size 16, bordering on size 14. Generally, the action has involved the dun stage of the mayfly; I haven’t received reports of great spinner fishing yet.
Caddis. I’ve received reports of White Miller Caddis appearing here and there on the Field Water in the morning. As the mornings become more consistently warm, look for this caddis to dominate trout attention.
Nymphing has been the most productive tactic, at least based upon the reports (probably because many Members are using subsurface offerings). Callibaetis nymphs and soft hackled flies seem to bring the most success. One new Member landed a 23 inch Brown trout on a Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle, giving the fly a twitch or strip.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch