Small nymphs are continuing to get the job done on the Fall, and there are plenty of nice sized fish that are willing to eat a fly right now. The most productive way to find fish is with little Midge patterns below a small indicator or trailing in a light dry-dropper set-up. Little baetis nymphs are also working well, so long as fly size is kept in the #18 and smaller range. The warmer weather and precipitation we’ve had over the past week has been good for both insect and fish activity, and there is a good chance to find fish sipping BWOs on cloudy afternoons. The early afternoon hatch has provided many of our most exciting days in the past few weeks, it is tough to beat sight casting to 20+ inch fish with small dries and long leaders. Fish may also be willing to eat larger attractor nymphs, so don’t rule out a good ol’ San Juan Worm or something of that sort if the small bugs aren’t producing.

Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #18-22, Hackle Stacker BWO #18-22, Nunya’s Midge #20-24, Olive Haze #16-18, Parachute Adams #18-22, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16

Suggested Nymphs: Black or Red Zebra Midge #18-22, Black or Red Winkers Midge #18-22, Tailwater Tiny #18-22, Black or Red Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Zika Jig #18-20, Olive Micro Mayfly #16-20, Red or Black Copper John #16-20, Red or Brown San Juan Worm

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