Fishing Report / Greg's Blog

Jan 15 - flows at 490 cfs and water visibility is low.

My apologies for not having any recent reports - I've been having a foot issue and the doctor says navigating the rocky river bottom is out of bounds for a bit so it looks like it will be at least a month before I can get back out on the water. If any of you would like to share info on conditions and results of your trip to the river I'll be glad to pass it on here.

Dec. 23 - Flows are at 570 cfs – visibility is 1 ½ feet at best with a brownish tint now that the lake has turned over.

With the forecast for rain and snow off and on in the coming week I decided to get out of the house for a few hours and check out the conditions on the river. I got to the Texas Hole lot about 10:30 and headed up to Middle Flats, and without another angler in sight I had my pick of the spots. I started at the top hole and only managed a couple dinks, so I moved a bit farther down river to the faster water and picked up 3 decent fish – one on a brown Candy-lid and 2 on the Orange Glo larva. There are still zillions of the dinks in the area and they were gorging on midges that were actually clustering on the surface. I didn’t spot any decent fish rising though. After an hour or so there were numerous anglers arriving so I decided to head down the middle channel of the Braids, which I hadn’t fished for awhile. Still not a lot going on down  there though – I got one more decent hook up along with a few more dinks.

Having reached the bottom of the Braids I was trying to decide whether I wanted to hang around or call it a short day as it was somewhat on the slow side, I happened to peek down the channel to where it empties into Texas Hole and was shocked to see no one fishing the right side at the top so I headed down there. I usually steer away from that area when it is full of anglers, but there were only 2 across the way at the eddy along the bank, one drift boat well out of casting distance, and another fellow fishing the other channel along the south bank. I was rigged with an Earthworm and Orange Glo larva, and after a dozen casts with no results decided to replace the larva with a soft hackle (rust Dub Bug) and give my favorite technique for that spot a try. I cast across just this side of the current seam and drifted back 30 to 40 feet, with my yarn indicator almost at the fly line. At the end of the drift I give a slow lift of the rod tip which gets the Bug moving up to the surface, and often a fish will grab as the fly moves up.

Talk about being at the right place at the right time!! The fish were stacked up and (believe it or not) I had a dozen hook ups of really nice quality fish during the next hour and a half, with 9 to the net and 3 pulling out after getting in the current after a good battle. Half were Browns and half Rainbows – several of the Rainbows made some great jumps while the Browns headed deep and fought longer and harder. The smallest fish of the group was 18” and the biggest was a 22” brown. The 3 that got off were really good size as well as I could see them when they came up near the surface for a bit. I’ve had some good days there over the years but nothing that comes close to today. Most of the fish were taken on the lifting technique, but I did get 3 (including the big brown) that I spotted feeding tight to the drop off in a foot of water or so. The great thing about the yarn indicator is I could instantly move it down to a couple feet above the split shop to handle the shallow water drift – then move it back up to do the long drifts – if you’ve never tried it you should check out my video – the ease of adjusting the yarn rig indicator as needed is awesome for sure.

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