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Water Clarity: Bigger rivers are obviously shot-this will last for quite a while, some of the higher elevation mtn streams are already fishable.

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Hatches: Stones, Caddis, Sulfurs, Cahils, Yellow Sallies, Hex

Suggested Patterns: Royal Wulfs, Stimulators, Micro Chubbies, Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Streamers!!! 

The fishing has been fantastic lately! The small stream fishing couldn’t be any better. That’s been about all we’ve been doing but we aren’t complaining!! Tons of fish on dries, along with some pretty nice ones! It’s amazing how a big push of water can make some giant fish appear in the strangest places. We’ve run into some absolute giants in the last spots we’d expect, and we’ve heard similar reports from other people! The big rivers are still out of the question but that’s to be expected this time of the year one way or the other. Either too high or too warm, and honestly if they stay full through the course of august, the fall fishing on the bigger rivers could be incredible!

We’ve continued to get lots of phone calls regarding the fish populations, and the impacts of the flooding on the streams. So far we haven’t noticed any differences, the small stream fishing has been fantastic, we have run into some of the super tiny pinky sized brook trout which were what we expected to have lost, we’re also not biologists so take that for whatever you deem it’s worth. Moral of the story, if you’re thinking you’re not going to go fish, don’t use the flood and what all the news channels are saying as an excuse. Go fish! You’ll be happy you decided to hit the water.

It does look like we’re going to see a little more rain tomorrow, it likely won’t hurt the conditions anywhere, it may blow things out for the day but that’ll likely be it. May even give us some good streamer conditions for tomorrow PM and Friday AM. Jake caught an absolute stunning brown the other night. The water was a little off-colored and just as the sun went down got a big brown to emerge from an undercut ledge and slam a big sculpin! We’ll post a pic of it later today on FB/Instagram. 

Good luck to everyone getting out-not a super elaborate river report-most importantly go wet a fly!


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