Date Posted: August 17, 2010

The last two days have been great.  The weather made it feel as if it was fall.  Even with temps in the 90's the weather seemed cool compared to the last two weeks. I fished the lower river today and with the cooler temps, the generation was less.  This meant that the water was low but not as clear as the upper river.  A slight stain to the water but in good shape.

With slower flow and lower water the trout were taking small midge pupas (size 20).  We had a good day with a lot of rainbows--no browns. The fly of choice seemed to depend on the depth of the water with the best bite on small midges in shallow water (2 to 3 ft.) and larger nymphs in deeper water.

If you haven't been on the river during the lower water conditions and are using a boat, remember to approach the shoals carefully and look them over before trying to motor over them.  It will save you possible damage to your motor or boat.  After a couple of years of higher flows it's easy to forget how shallow some of the shoals can get in low water conditions.

Be Safe and Good Fishing!!


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