Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/17/2017

Forrester’s Fly Bench

Fishing Report 6/17/2017

River Data:

River flow: 9,000 cfs

Water Temp: 60 F

Mountain Snow pack: 134% of average and falling

Hot Flies:

Nymphs: Sow bugs, scuds, worms and caddis pupae

Method:  8 foot 3x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot.  1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly.

Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles

Size 14-18 Pink Soft Hackle with a hot orange bead

Size 16-18 Orange scud or natural scud

Size 4-6 Steel worms.  Red or orange

Size 8-10 Two-tone chenille worm

Size 16-18 caddis pupae

The water temperature is warm and the caddis have started to emerge.  When you get a snag and your flies break free, BAM caddis cones are in the mix!  Oddly enough because of the high dam releases and warm water caddis have got active early.  Fishing a caddis has been paying off, but the meat to throw for more fish is still the worm and orange scud on the upper three.  A steel worm to chenille two-tone worm is the best way to get em’ below three mile.

Dry Flies: Caddis

Method:  9 foot 5x leader to the top fly.  1ft or so leader to the second fly.

Size 16-18 CDC Caddis

Size 16-18 Caddis emerger

Fish are eating caddis in soft water spots on the bank.  The water in the middle of the river is still to heavy for fish to be looking up when there are still to many nymphs coming down the water column.    

Streamers:  Little shiner minnows

Method:  4-6 foot 0x or stronger leader to a single small white streamer.

Small White Shiner imitations

Colors:  White and olive

Fish are still keying in on shiner minnows on typical streamer days.  Cloud cover and throwing to the soft water with a shiner imitation is still producing. However many trout are getting savvy on the white shiner impression and have started eating olive streamers as well.  In short the fish are still looking for shiners, but need a crafty streamer pattern to get them to really bite. 

Happy father’s day from Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort

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