Sorry for the gap in Stream Reports, but I have been guiding out in Yellowstone. See the blog for the full story. After some rain on Thursday, the Rush was in good shape with the Trico spinnerfall happening between 8:30 and 10:00. Size 22 worked best, and make sure to have 6x or 7x.
I was awoken at 5am this morning to my phone buzzing that there was a flash flood warning... and was bummed my guide trip today was probably not going to happen. Some say don't fear high dirty water, but this was flood stage. Kinni is at 2,400 CFS, highest I have seen it. Pierce County got 5-7 inches last night, rivers are gonna be high and muddy for a bit. I got the chance to chase Pike over the fourth, and had some nice hits on a red and white Pike Bunny...
Yikes! Lots of Rain
Well the Kinni and Rush Rivers got about 2.5 inches or rain give or take, and the Kinni jumped up to nearly 600 CFS, and the Eau Galle Gauge was quite high as well. It seems to be dropping fast (down to 378 already) and hopefully the crops in the fields suck up as much water as they can, but for the time being the waters are pretty high and muddy.
Had clients put double digit numbers of fish in the net the past two days, and a several fish pushing the 14-15 inch mark. Sulfurs continue to dominate the evenings, while caddis the days. Today we fished during the day and caught every fish on a dry fly, beautifully presented on a bamboo rod. What a joy to watch. Caddis in size 16 and tan, and Sulfurs in size 16 and 18 fishing parachutes, Comparaduns, and most sucessfully emergers.
Pierce County looking good
Despite some rain this week the streams are looking really good and healthy with plenty of water in the system. Water was tea colored, running at 122 CFS on the Kinni. Perfect fishing conditions
Water Off Colored
The .25 inch of rain we got on Wednesday was enough to put the water color off, but not enough to blow the streams or put the fishing down. Although the evening hatch was less dense, fish took nymphs throughout the day, including some bigger ones that were out to feed. Kinni was off colored as well, running at 180 CFS. Stream are in good shape and clearing quickly. Also, we fished a few bigger stonefly, buggy type nymphs (like a size 12) that got a few strikes. Dark Colored PTs, Hares Ears, and Princes also produced.
Sulphur Hatch is Here
Well, the Sulphurs are here and the hatch is going wonderfully. Each night they have been coming off around 6 and the action has been pretty consistent from then until about dark. Flies that are working have been green PED/Sulphur parachutes, Comparaduns, and especially soft hackles and other emergers. In fact a swung PT nypmh has been very effective. Size 16 has been working, as the hatch continues to progess that may drop to an 18. Remmber to use the greenest color you can. Water clarity is good, although we are predicted to get a bit of rain today.