Fishing on the Fall has been steady. There are good numbers of fish in the river, and we’ve been receiving many reports of people having great days on the local spring creek. There are opportunities to use various strategies to get into these fish, nymphing being the most consistent method. There have been some PMDs coming off on cloudier days, and fishing with dries and emerger patterns can be effective when conditions are right. Wooly buggers and leech patterns have remained effective, and are a good way to target some of the larger fish. On warm, sunny days, focus efforts on subsurface presentations. Drift a light nymph rig or strip a leech pattern through areas of heavy cover, structure, and shade. Logs, undercut banks, and overhanging brush all provide excellent holding water for fish looking to stay out of the midday sun. On cloudier days, watch for surface activity and throw a PMD pattern and trail it with a small dropper or emerger pattern.
Suggested nymphs: Olive and brown micro mayfly #16-20, olive anato-may #16, quasimodo pheasant tail #18-22, black winkers midge #18-24, purple or black zebra midge #18-24, black beadwing midge #18-24, Trina’s bubbleback emerger #18
Suggested dries: Hackle stacker PMD #18-20, PMD sparkle dun #18-22, purple haze #18-20, parachute adams #18-22
Suggested leeches/streamers: Olive wooly bugger #6-10, olive BH mini leech #12, olive or brown bunny buster #8, tan or olive sculpzilla #6