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Elevenmile Canyon BWO Hatch | April 12, 2012

Date: April 12, 2012
Elevenmile Canyon Flow: 94 CFS
Water Temp: 43-46 Degrees
Flies: #16-20 Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Parachute Adams, #16-18 Olive RS2, #16-18 Caddis Larva, #18-22 Black Beauty, 6mm Oregon Cheese Troutbead

Elevenmile Canyon is fishing amazingly well!  Midges and Blue Winged Olives are hatching in incredible numbers!  Conditions are perfect in Elevenmile Canyon.  The water temperature is warming and the flows are stable.  You can expect to see midges in the morning and Blue Winged Olives during the middle of the day.  Yesterday, I witnessed the best Blue Winged Olive hatch I have ever seen.  It lasted for about 2 hours and the fish went nuts for them!

Yesterday, we caught a variety of fish.  Everything from 8-21″ fish and a mix of browns, cutthroats, rainbows and cuttbows.  Truly an incredible day with my uncle on the river.  It is time to get into the canyon, it will continue to fish well and get even better.  The snow and ices shelves are completely gone.  Trees are starting to bloom and the bugs are starting to hatch.  Your plan off attack should be nymphing in the morning and wait for the fish to respond to dries around 12-3pm.  Don’t force it.  If they are not rising very much, keep nymphing.  The “pre-hatch” in the morning actually produced more fish than the actual hatch!  Fish a pheasant tail or midge behind an egg in the morning.  Then switch to RS2 emergers and dries later in the day.  Check out the video below.  We were able to get a little dry fly footage!

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