Mostly the air temperatures are hot, they have been that way for awhile now and we’re told that situation will continue into the foreseeable future. And as you may have guessed, the water temperatures are getting mighty warm as well. Yesterday the Stillwater hit 72 degrees. Not good for Mr. and Mrs. Trout. So use your heads out there and when the water hits 68, it’s time to give the fish a break.
Fishing continues to be very inconsistent. Some days there are dry flies in the mornings. Either a #16 Purple Haze or Elk Hair Caddis have been taking fish here and there. Nothing really steady and certainly nothing very large. The other day, I was amazed at the number of cookie cutter fish we were catching, not amazed at the numbers but rather the sameness of the fishes. Sort of a trout version of the movie Ground Hog Day. In addition to the fish looking for small bugs, more and more fish are beginning to show interest in grasshoppers, of which there are many. I’m not really sure that the hoppers are making into the rivers in great numbers thus far, so maybe that explains the lack of all out hopper gobbling. Time shall tell.
When low light conditions have prevailed, typically mornings or during periods of storm clouds, the streamer stripp’n has not been too bad. Girdle bugs, buggers, and the fuzzy-wuzzy rabbit fur flies have been working their wonders and certainly producing larger fish. Low and slow and off the banks in the deeper mid-river troughs have been where the big daddy’s have been found. Today we stuck and landed a real dandy about 19″ and broke off one much, much larger one. So they’re out there.
And now for our public service announcement. Today the river is at about 1,000 cfs. No rain is forecast for the next week or so. It’s dropping fast and there are cross river gravel bars that are really starting to be a PITA. Oh, and the White Bird take out has been cut off while Swinging Bridge has recently been “improved” by someone with a piece of equipment. Helpful hint: Take the irrigation channel to the take out.
Ride the donkey when you can, it all might change tomorrow.