Fishing Report - September 3, 2018
September has arrived and the outlook for early fall fishing in the valley is excellent! For anglers, September promises beautiful fall foliage, less crowded streams and large cutthroat looking to feed on the surface. The Snake is in its prime, and mid-sized to large attractors continue to be the ticket, with fish feeding on Claassenia stoneflies, grasshopper, ants and beetles. Dry dropper rigs are producing best on banks and riffles with Chernobyls, Water Walkers or Morrish Hoppers, trailed by a size 12 to 16 mayfly or caddis nymph. Fall hatches are knocking on the door, so look for Hecubas, Mahogany Duns and BWOs to emerge on cool, overcast days. The tributaries are getting low but shorter days and cooler nights are keeping water temps where they need to be, and the tributaries are still providing outstanding dry fly fishing for mid-sized native cutts. Attractor dries are the name of the game on these smaller tribs, with size 12-14 Purple Haze, Borcher’s Moosetails, and Yellow Humpies all being excellent fly choices. On Flat Creek, look for PMDs to be replaced by similarly sized Mahogany Duns and smaller BWOs over the next week, while a well-presented terrestrial pattern can still draw a large cutt to the surface. Stop by the shop and we will set you up with everything you need for a great day on the water!