Good afternoon friends and thanks for checking in on our weekly fishing report. This week’s report is entitled “I can see clearly now”, it’s like somebody flicked a switch. The flow out of Palisades is much clearer and about what we’re used to seeing this time of year.
With the flow stable for several weeks, the fish have really settled into their “homes”. Banks, riffles, foam lines, behind log jams etc. are all holding eager fish and they are feeding actively on Golden Stones, Sallies, and PMD’s.
It’s that fun time of year where a good cast in a good spot will yield an eat almost no matter what fly or flies you have on. Solid producers are Chubby Chernobyls in virtually any size and color trailed with your favorite dropper. Jig style droppers with tungsten beads are especially popular with our guides these days.
Here’s the pro tip of the week, have two rods rigged and ready. One rod should be set up with a big foam dry fly and a dropper about 18″ below the dry. Your second rod can be strung up with a little yellow sally dry fly pattern trailed by a PMD dry. The big dry/dropper rig is deadly on the banks, foam lines, and the first cast or two in a riffle. If you find a riffle or foam line with fish rising they are most likely eating PMD’s or Sallies and that’s when you break out the small dry fly rod.
If you need help picking some flies, rigging a system like above, or just want to check out our fly shop, stop by and say hello.
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