It’s just gorgeous on the South Fork right now. The leaves are changing, the summer crowds are gone, and the fishing is more technical but also more rewarding.
Hopper dropper, hopper dropper dropper? There are still a ton of hoppers inhabiting the banks of the South Fork, getting a fish to eat one is the challenge right now. The fish have seen a lot of bugs this summer, it’s safe to say they are having some dry fly fatigue. The key here is to “let em’ soak.” Keep that fly in the water, drag-free, for a long time and you’ll increase your odds of an eat. Double your chances with a dropper. Small, size 18 or even 20, tungsten bead head tied to imitate a BWO (Frenchies, Perdigons, and Tungsten Thread Midges). Bright sunny afternoons have been slow, so consider fishing early or late, or know you’ll be working hard mid-day. For picky riffle fish try unweighted nymphs, soft hackles, and mergers. Streamer patterns during the low light hours in the morning and evenings are another option.
The weather on Sunday is forecasted to be rainy which will kick off another round of Blue Winged Olives and will also help with streamer fishing productivity.
Both of our Fly Shops are having their Fall Sales with up to 40% OFF. Swing by either location for some great deals.
Have a great weekend on the river if you’re lucky enough to get out there.