American nymphing is still king for catching more and bigger fish, but the dry fly opportunities are right there too. When it comes to the dry fly presentations, it’s the conditions that can really enhance the experience. Those cloudy days are magic as the trout feel more secure and apt to come to the surface, plus there are more bugs out. For nymphing flashback pheasant tails, copper Johns, free living caddis patterns, worms, and PMD nymphs have been the best. Smaller flies are better now it seems. Below Jamison creek with the high flows, use heavier flies, or add more weight to your rig for best results.
Wow! In the last week the fish have really wanted the big dries, namely the yellow or gold Stimi. I know your first thought is there must be a bunch of golden stones out, but that is not the case. In fact, I have not seen as many as I would hope too, but that may change in the next few weeks. Adams Parachutes, Elk Hair Caddis, Purple Haze, Silly Sallies, and Quigley’s Cripple (PMD, BWO) have worked the best for this camp.
Last Saturday we had a late hatch of several different bugs going on due to the colder 40 degree change with air temps, a parade of adults on the surface if you will drifting within the main foam line. The Sulphurs mostly remained unmolested as the trout were keyed in on the BWOs. I don’t get it as the big mayflies offer so much more protein with one bite then eating a dozen BWOs, but the trout surly know why – is it a flavor thing or what? Other bugs that are out include Caddis (big Black Dancer, plus several other verities ranging from a size 12 to an 18). Yellow Sallies, Little Green Stones, Golden Stones, creamy crane flies, very small black flying ants, BWOs, PMDs, a few other smallish mayflies I have yet to identify that are just random fly byes, and big root beer TERMITES in the evening!
Like I said in my last blog post, my June dates are booked up and most of July is booked as well, though I will announce here if there is any cancellations which has already been the case due to COVID related conditions. There are so many rivers, creeks, and lakes to explore and fish right now in Northern California, and most are fishing well. Choose your water, apply yourself, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors! See you out there…
Ol' 6699 heading west bound on the UP line of the Middle Fork Feather corridor