We haven’t seen huge emergences of summertime Caddis on the Lower D just yet, but there are good enough numbers that fish have started looking towards the surface around the trees and heavy cover that attract concentrations of bugs. Dedicated dry fly anglers can find fish through most of the day, but bringing a fish to the surface will require a little searching and some patience. With the warmer weather in the forecast we should see greater numbers of bugs and more consistent surface activity through the afternoons and evenings. Nymphing has been producing fish consistently. We’ve seen the most success with medium-small Mayfly nymphs and Caddis Pupa fished on the gravel bars and riffles fish move into as we get into summer. There are still plenty of fish in the deep, slow holding water but the faster, aerated parts of the river have been a blast to fish. A swung Caddis Pupa or Soft hackle can produce some very exciting tight-line takes, and is a great way to change things up this time of year.
Suggested Dries: X Caddis #14-18, Tan Cutters Caddis #14-18, CDC Caddis #14-18, Foam Bodied Caddis #14-18, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Outrigger Caddis #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Tilt Wing Mahogany #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18
Suggested Nymphs:Duracell Jig #16, CDC Jigged PT #14-16, Jigged Hare’s Ear #14-16, Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear #14-18, Soft Hackle PT #14-18, Micro Mayfly #16-18, Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Sparkle Pupa #14-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #14-18, Black Zebra Midge #16-18, Black Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Black Super Sinker #16