We’ve seen solid fishing with the early stages of East’s big Callibaetis hatch upon us. The colder weather in the past week has slowed the hatch slightly, but there are still bugs on the water every day bringing fish to the surface. With the warming trend in the forecast I would expect to see the Callibaetis out in full force very soon. Right now there is opportunity to catch fish on dries and leeches, but the most consistent producer has been the indicator rig. Chironomids and Callibaetis nymphs have been the ticket below an indicator, and will produce fish consistently throughout the day. It’s best to get flies within a couple of feet of the bottom when fishing an indicator, but we’ve been finding cruising fish looking for the emerging Chironomids and Callibaetis at various depths. There should be great opportunity to find more fish on dries in the coming week, the first large emergences of the Callibaetis are some of the best times of year to fish on East.
Suggested Dries: Parachute Callibaetis #14-16, Hackle Stacker Callibaetis #14-16, Tilt Wing Callibaetis #14-16, Thorax Callibaetis #14-16, Extended Body Callibaetis #14-16, D&D Cripple #14-16, Last Chance Cripple #14-16, CDC Flying Ant #14-16
Suggested Nymphs: Mighty May Callibaetis #14-16, Trigger Callibaetis #14-16, Bird’s Nest Depth Charge #14-16, Dark Assassin #14-18, Parallel Assassin #16, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #16-18, Red or Black Ice Cream Cone #12-16, Juju Chironomid #14-16, Black or Red Yankee Buzzer #14, Gillie Midge #16-18