Date Posted: March 17, 2011

Well, winter returned to the Little Red River.  Spring break and winter seemed to arrive at the same time.  I had trips Saturday thru Wednesday and it was cold!  Wednesday afternoon the sun finally came thru and it really felt good.  Even with the cold and dreary days, the fish were cooperative and we caught a lot of rainbows with a couple of nice browns thrown in.  Most of our fish were taken on midge pupas until Wednesday when they completely changed their diet.  When they refused the midge, I tried a large olive nymph with good success.

I fished the lower river all weekend because of the generation pattern.  I tried to stay ahead of the rising water.  Sunday they did not generate but the water was in better condition lower because  the rain on Saturday night had the mid-river dingy.

I started at Dripping Springs on Wednesday and my client, Josh, caught quite a few rainbows in the morning until the generation hit about 1:00 pm.  We took out and drove to the dam because Josh had wanted to fish that area and try to catch a trout on a dry fly.  We had some action on dry flies and Josh caught his on a size 22 midge dry fly. We also caught four or five brookies (small). A good day on the river with the weather getting better all day.

The forecast is better weather on the way.  The river is clear with no generation today and none scheduled for tomorrow.  I think with the clear, low water, the midges and small caddis emergers may be a good bet for the weekend.  I have noticed a few caddis the last couple of days.

By the way if anyone finds a Fish Pond pack on the lower river, I would pay a nice reward to get it back.  Apparently it got kicked out of the boat as we were getting in and out, wading the shoals and was lost. 

Be Safe and Good Fishing!!


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