Date: June 9, 2012
Flow: 102 CFS
Flies: #14-16 Prince Nymph, #14-18 Guides Choice Hares Ear, #18-22 Black Beauty, #18-20 Rojo Midge, #16-20 Pheasant Tail, #18-22 RS2, #18-22 Barr Emerger, #18-20 Micro May, #14-16 San Juan Worm
It was a windy day in South Park today! But that did not stop us. We made our way to Tomahawk and were greeted with lots of anglers, so we decided to turn around and go to the Dream Stream. The Dream Stream was no less crowded, actually more crowded, but at least there was more water and room to move around. The fishing was okay, I have had it better and have seen it worse. The wind blew away any bugs that would have been hatching, so nymphing was the name of the game. The water is moderately low at the moment, so the majority of the fish are in the holes and deeper runs. This is where the ALL of the anglers were as well, so we fished the water in between and found lots of fish in the shallow riffles and runs. They are extremely spooky, so light presentations are a must. Adjust your weight from spot to spot, making sure your flies are not getting hung up on the bottom.
The flies were no secret today. Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails and Black Midges were the real winners though out the day, but we caught fish on more than just those three. The fish are actually fairly forgiving at the moment, as long as they do not see you! Be courteous when walking the banks, stay 15-30 feet away from the bank when passing another angler. If you walk right on the bank next to someone fishing, the fish will all scatter and spook. Once you pass the angler, look for fish and walk slowly. The water is low enough at the moment, that you should be able to see fish in the holes and runs.
Today we fished the upper and middle sections of the river. Expect to walk a lot and leap frog other anglers. The aquatic grass is beginning to grow in the river, but is still not out in full force yet. This means that nymphing is still easy and you aren’t dealing with cabbage all day! Even though we did not see them, I imagine the Tricos and Caddis have begun to hatch. I can not say this with absolute certainty, because it was so windy, but it is plenty warm out and water temps are right where they should be.
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