We are on our way to prime. The last week has seen fish with a positive interest in mayfly nymphs. Armed with that bit of knowledge you know what's next. Yep. The pop!
Recent rains have filled the void we started with earlier. Stream flows are in the 25th -75th percentile. What does that geeky little factoid mean? Normal. That's right normal. We haven't seen normal in awhile. Forgot what normal looks like.
Nymphing: The money technique. The lift and swing at the end are equally important as the dead drift now. All forms of the P.T. and H.E. The A.P. Nymph in black and muskrat, Copper Johns, Bird's Nests in olive, black and gray have all been working for the mayfly scene.
Little Yellow Sally nymphs becoming active on sunny days. Yellow Copper Johns and Yellow Tungstone in 14-16.
Other choices for us now are Prince Nymph, Zug Bug, Rock Worm Caddis and San Juan.
Streamers: Not on fire, yet. Soon. Buggers, leech and smelt patterns ruling the line up. Sink tips with a slow drop and retrieve. Changing color combos daily.
The DRY FLY: Soooo close. We have seen a few weak emergences of mayflies. Just enough to get the birds working but not the fish. Still seeing the midge feeder. Dropping down to 18 and 20. Griffith's Gnat, Renegade and Parachute Adams.
We have a few openings for next week. Take advantage of the space because it's becoming limited and there are only so many days left. Book a trip and start polishing those dry fly skills and casts.
Second place a set of steak knives.
Can't you just smell the Gink.