Weekly Fishing Report: 07/03/2024

Where to fish? As of right now the entire river is still floatable. We are seeing flows drop off the table however and the Oxbows will be the first on the chopping block. Anything 300 CFS and lower at the 30 mile campground river gauge and the Oxbows are un-floatable due to water level.

Salmon flies are done hatching but we are still seeing golden stones and yellow sallies on the stone fly front. The main bugs to focus on right now are PMD’s (size 14-18) and mahogany mayflies (size 12-16). Cripple patterns have been out fishing high riding flies. If you find yourself behind a few guide boats the best thing to do is throw a pattern with a gray or brown wing case. Avoid having a big white para post on the fly and your hookup ratio is going to go up.

What time to fish? Bugs are coming off hard around 10:00 and the water slowly drops through the day. This may be the trickiest part about the Rio right now. It really is a right place, right time kinda thing. because hatches are sporadic, the fishing is too. If you are having slow fishing, wait 30 minutes or switch spots. The fish will let you know when they are on.

What to use! Grey drakes and mahogany cripple patterns are great when you get on a mayfly hatch. For those of you who are learning bugs, mayflies are the ones with straight up wing cases and the long extended bodies. They look like sail boats on the water and when they hatch they come off thick. Mayflies hatch out of shallow riffle water so you can increase your odds of seeing them if you set yourself up right. Before perfecting the color of your fly selection, get the size and profile right. If you have the right profile you will have fun.

When we say fish a cripple pattern we are talking about a very low riding, low vis, hard to mend mayfly pattern. A film critic is a great example. If you don’t have a great supply of mayfly patterns the all around saving grace fly is a Parachute Adams. If you don’t have some of those it’s time to open the pocket book and buy some or get in front of the vice and tie them. You’ll wish you did!

The upper river is producing caddis, Golden Stones, PMD’s (mayfly), Drakes, Etc.. The bag is open up river right now. Watch the fish and pay attention to how they are eating bugs. Are they really splashy eats (caddis) or violent explosions on the surface (stoneflies), or just a nice slow sip where you are seeing them over and over and over (mayfly). Nothing obviously is set in stone with a way a fish eats but following the above sentence won’t lead you far off.

Where are the fish? Right now the fish are everywhere. Some are pushed up hard on the bank and others are hunkered down in the heavy water. A of the salmon fly eaters are off the bank in the heavier water and your mayfly and caddis eaters are in the riffles and tight to the bank. If you aren’t catching fish, change the type of water you are fishing and then change flies. A couple feet into the heavy water sometimes will change your day.

If anyone has further questions or wants to talk fishing, come into the shop. We understand if you can’t make it to the shop but we do like talking face to face with people looking for information! Hope this fishing update helps you go out and catch more fish!

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