Way good, sweet, rocking, on fire. Just a few words to describe the past few trips. It's dry fly bliss right now. Nymphing is racking up the numbers, wets are powerful medicine pre and post hatch and streamers are very effective when used during the right time.
Large rivers are in great shape both flow and temp wise. Small streams can be epic right now. often overlooked and under the radar of most fly flickers. The visual aspect of the small stream experience is enhanced by the amount of flowers in bloom now.
For the dry disciples your time has come. Midge, Yellow Sallies, Hendricksons, BWOs, Sulphurs, PEDs and caddis. Early morning subtle rises have seen and taken the "Breakfast Sandwich". A size 12 Rusty spinner with a Size 18 Renegade tied 8" behind. Wake up and smell the coffee rig. Caddis are all but being ignored for the most part. Due to the amount of the easily picked off large mayflies. Why chase when your food comes to you.
The dark art of nymphing is super solid. Everything from size 4 to 18. Medium rig running in 3'-4' of prime water. Hot flies lately are Copper Johns, Barr's Cranefly, Purple Prince, Olive Hare's Ear, Zebra Midge, Shop Vac and every variation of Pheasant Tail ever devised.
Old school wet flies used pre and post hatch are receiving the tug. Great way to get the novice angler into the game.
We have been throwing the meat during the weakest part of the hatch. The time when you see the occasional, non steady feeder, one hit wonder fish. Ignore the rise and fish for aggressive/territorial targets. Large double rigs have seen the most use and success. Smaller rabbit strip streamers batting second.
This will end. Enjoy the last of the glamour mayfly hatches and prepare for the blue collar bug; the caddis. Day in, day out. It's the bug of the day. June and early July see some of the strongest caddis hatches of the season. Make time for the working bug schedule. We are taking bookings for a few dates in later June and early July if that sort of thing interests you.
Stock up on CDC Caddis, X/X2 Caddis, Caddis Soft Hackles and Frog's Fanny. It's moments away.