With the recent rains and snow melt, most of the streams are high and off color. But before the rains the fishing was getting a little better. Fish are still found in slower water. Find water that is knee to chest deep, slow walking speed water. The fish are still pretty podded up, when you find the pod just keep changing flies and drifts over them. I don’t think I caught more than a handful in any other water type. Speed of the water was really important, if it was even slightly faster the fish were much harder. It does not mean that the fish are not in the faster water, they were not willing to move much. Most fish have been taken euro nymphing and some on dry dropper. Little bug activity.
The rainbow pictured above was in a smaller stream. I spotted it in a slow knee deep flat. I rigged up a dry dropper – #14 Caddis for the dry, and a #16 Pheasant Tail. After a few casts over the fish, it came up and took the dry! Random! I was fishing the new 10′ 6″ 3wt H3.
Olive Walts #18
Pheasant Tail #16
– Josh Miller