Date: May 4, 2012
Flow: 100 CFS
Flies: #20-24 Black Beauty, #18-22 Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Gregs Emerger, #20-24 Miracle Midge, #22-24 Parachute Adams, 6mm Oregon Cheese Troutbead, 6mm Apricot Troutbead
An epic day with Mark and Kyle today! Elevenmile Canyon is still on fire! Things are heating up in the canyon and the greenery is starting to bloom. I saw the first caddis hatch in the Canyon today, so spring is well on it’s way. The Blue Winged Olives have appeared to have passed. I did not see a single BWO today. My guess it the weather just got too warm too quick. That is not to say they will not hatch again. If we get another cool and cloudy day, the BWOs will hatch again. Lots of small black midges hatching. I mean really small midges, about a size #24-26. We were able to fool plenty of fish on #22-24 Black Beauties and midge variations.
Today we focused on the middle and upper river. Plenty of people on the river today, making moving around a challenge. That did not stop us, we shuffled around and picked up fish everywhere we went. Lots of fish still eating eggs as the point fly. Troutbeads are awful deadly right now. Most of the fish are in the deeper runs and riffles leading into the runs. There are a lot of spawning beds forming on the upper river flats, so tread lightly and try to minimize damage in the shallow water. Caught all four species on the river today: browns, rainbows, cutthroat and cuttbows! Check out this perfect leopard brown Kyle caught at the end of the day! Kyle isn’t mean…he just looks it. He forgot to smile! Nice mugshot Kyle!
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