Posted on August 19 2023
Am sitting home watching the water levels SLOWLY recede. With three serious rain events in less than a week the ground is saturated and the tribs are going to be slow to recede. In addition the reservoirs are now at an above average level and the releases have been increased. I believe the releases are supposed to be cut back on September first but I don't have the FFMP plan here at home to check.
With all the warm rain water it's hard to tell, but I believe the temp of the release from Cannonsville has been creeping up which would indicate that the cold water beneath the thermocline is about used up. If so, the sulfur hatch may soon be at an end.
Frank wants to know about my reject flies. They are lasting proof of my ineptitude as a tyer. Once in a while I sort through them for ideas. Surprisingly some evoke pleasant memories of days gone by.
Taylor - Right now I'm tying only duns and they don't work.
Ed J. - Positioning yourself in the stream is often overlooked as a way to make seeing your fly easier. If you are using a dark colored fly fish with the western sky as a background, The silvery colored water will let you see an olive or iso easier. If a sulfur or Cahill is your fly, turn around and fish towards the black surfaced water and the fly will stand out better. Another helpful trick is to try to follow your fly as your cast unfolds above the water. If you know where it lands it much easier to keep track of.
Louie - False and I, use binoculars to spot risers from the (parked) car.
Dennis - The rain Gods are more likely to ruin the fishing than increased releases. As things now stand we once again have the entire river system to fish. By far the hardest place to catch fish is in the "Sulfur Zone". All we need is lower water levels and continued average or below average temps. There are isos and olives hatching and fish eager to eat them in the less pressured areas.