Trout fishing is still good on the Lower D, nymph rigs being the preferred set-up for finding decent numbers of fish on any given day. Fish are eating big Stonefly and October Caddis patterns still, but we are seeing the most success on Mayfly nymphs in the #14-20 range and egg patterns. Keep in mind that fish are more likely to hold in slow, deep buckets as the weather cools rather than the riffles we found them in throughout the Summer and Fall. This is the time of year that we find decent numbers of trout on Sculpin patterns and similar streamers, and while fishing a streamer won’t produce the best numbers of fish it typically finds some of the larger fish we’ll see on any given day. Small-Medium profile Ho Boh Speys, Intruders, and similar Steelhead flies seem to be a decent enough representation of a Sculpin and those swinging for Steelhead have a decent chance of swinging up a couple of nice trout in a day. Not much in the way of consistent hatches to bring about surface activity to report on, Midges or BWO’s will be the likeliest bugs to be out in any number in the coming months.
Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #16-20, Carlson’s Olive Haze #16-18, Purple Haze #16-20, BWO Hackle Stacker #16-20, Nunya’s Midge #20-22, Tan or Black Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Brown or Black Jimmy Legs #8-12, Double Bead Peacock Stone #8-10, Deep October Pupa #8-10, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, BH Hare’s Ear #14-18, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail #14-16, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #14-18, Olive Soft Hackle #14-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Olive Micro-Mayfly #16-20, Olive or Hare’s Ear Anato-May #16-20