Date Posted: May 18, 2012

Sorry I’ve been a little slow reporting to you but I have been busy taking clients to catch fish.  This is a good thing!! 
The river is still low and clear.  The water was beginning to get a little warm so they have increased generation the last couple of days.  This is good because of the temperature and also to flush the growth of the slimy moss out of the river.  This is the light green moss that tends to get on your line and flies.  It seems when the sunlight penetrates the shallow water and the temperature rises this moss begins forming on the rocks and on top of the good moss on the bottom of the river.
This increase in generation during the afternoon hours will probably continue at least over the weekend.  It allows wade fishing in the morning on the upper river and in the lower river in the afternoon.
The fish are taking soft hackles, nymphs and midge pupas.  This week, I also caught fish on RS2’s and wooly buggers.  I had a client that wanted to learn to use different tactics to catch trout and we were able to catch fish on the various methods we tried along with various flies.  The fish were active due to blue winged olives hatching.  Try twitching or slowly stripping your flies.  Particularly when swinging a soft hackle.

Good Fishing!!


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