Flows this morning dropped down to 2670 at Holter Dam. Temps are at 63. The weather has cooled off a bit and should hold for the next few days. We are expecting a front to move through tomorrow and bring a little moisture to the area. Not enough to make any difference in the water levels, but enough to pack a rain coat. There is still quite a bit of traffic up at the dam in the mornings. Floating from Craig down is also a popular choice for most anglers.
We are in the full swing of the Trico hatch every morning out on the river. The big mating columns can be seen around 8 a.m. and the peak for the spinner fall is a few hours after. Finding a good place where bugs collect in the river can provide for hours of dry fly action. Getting out and looking around for small pods of fish keyed in on the Trico’s is the most productive way to fish the hatch. Favorite Patterns: Parachute Adams #20, Parachute Trico #22, Angel Wing Spinner #22, Griffiths Gnat#18.
Don’t forget about the PMD’s. They are waxing and waning out there, but can still be the bug to fish if you see them on the water. In the section above Craig there is a good hatch of them around 6 to 8 in the evening. Favorite Patterns: Film Critic #18, Hackle Stacker PMD #18, Hi Vis Rusty Spinner #18.
Last but not least, The Caddis. They are out in full force in the evenings along the entire river. If you see some splashy aggressive rises try tossing your favorite Caddis pattern over top. Dropping a Caddis Pupa off the back of your dry is good way to target the fish that are feeding near the top. Favorite Patterns: CDC Stocking Wing Caddis #16, CDC Elk Hair Caddis #16 and 18, Hi Vis Elk Hair Caddis #16, and Double Duck Caddis #18.