Fly Fishing Search Engine, Fall Hatches, Siphlonurus
Fly Fishing Search Engine, Fall Hatches, Siphlonurus, Mergansers, Carp
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Fall Hatches Spark Trout Fishing
|In the fall most anglers are fishing for steelhead & salmon. This leaves a lot of unmolested trout water. Most trout have been feeding on the prolific hatches of the summer are fat & strong. Trout grow fast in the warm water of summer and are still growing & fattening through the fall months of September & October. They can be very aggressive. Tiny mayflies, midges & blizzard hatches of several species of caddis can produce tremendous dry fly fishing throughout the day. Fishing caddis pupa|
|patterns sub-surface can also add to the fun. Larger trout tend to look for big bites in the fall. Wednesday we caught a good number of trout on on large marabou leaches fished with sinking tip lines. What had started as a steelhead trip wound up as a trout trip as the trout fishing was just too good to pass up. Big trout feed on crayfish and baitfish. Sculpins, shiners and chubs can become regular fare. Streamers and Wooly Buggers fished deep on the swing can be||
|deadly on big trout and steelhead in the same water. Thursday was tougher. Instead of being warm and calm like Wednesday it was cooler and blustery. Fewer trout were feeding and those that were, were feeding on nymphs right on the bottom. I mean right on the bottom. More trout were caught after a split-shot was clamped onto the leader 5" from the fly. You have to be adaptable as weather and water temperatures can change in a hurry during the fall months.|
Caddis are starting!
winter and into the spring as well. The fat bodies are colors that
range from light tanish orange to yellowish orange to bright orange to
burnt orange. Wings are usually gray but there are also brown tones.
There are apparently a number of different species in what is commonly
called October Caddis or Fall Caddis or Giant Caddis. Most
belong to the family Dicosmoecus. They range from California to
Got a new digital camera for my birthday. It takes pictures up real close and real far away. Now all I've got to do is learn how to operate it. The great thing about digital format is when you take a picture that doesn't come out right, you can just erase it. I've been taking a lot of pictures (hopefully for your enjoyment). Tuesday there was a hatch of large mayflies where you would least expect them. They were crawling out of the water, to the top of exposed rocks to hatch. They did this rather quickly. The sequence below took less than 5 minutes. The pictures are hand held with no artificial light. Needless to say that the depth of field is very shallow when you are zoomed in this close. The nymphs were about 1 1/8" long and fairly robust. They would be a good mouth-full for a trout.
weren't fishing for trout & didn't have any flies that looked like
We were standing on
the banks of the Deschutes River. The man said, "The fishing
would probably improve if we shot all of the mergansers." I
was stunned and am sure that I reacted badly. Years before I had
an even more aggressive reaction to a man who had suddenly pulled a
22-pistol from his pack and shot a merganser from my moving boat.
Why do mergansers receive such disdain from human fishermen? From
my point of view all of the wild life along the river adds to the river
experience. My approach is "live and let live". I
go to wild places because they are wild. I make as little impact
as possible. Mergansers and the species that we think of as
"sport fish" have coexisted for for millions of years. If
there has been a recent decline in sport fish, then it seems that
another specie is more likely to be the primary cause.
If your fly resembles a blackberry, you are probably fishing for CARP! by Marty Sheppard
Elkland had mentioned a few times that we should go carp fishing.
Being that steelhead fishing totally has my attention right now, when
John called to say lets go Carp fishing my response to him was,
"your going to have to talk me into this."
On September 15th off we went. Along with us was Ed Lawrence from Montana. We were going to the Snake River. John had a stretch of river picked out where we could do a day float trip. After shopping for lunch and taking our time getting to the river we launched the drift boat around 11am.
honest, I did not expect to have very good fishing. Almost
everyone I had talked to in the past said the same things, "you
need bait" or "yeah I've caught 'em -----with a bow and
arrow!" John had talked me into this adventure with stories of
carp sipping mayflies and running into the backing like bonefish.
"Guidespeak?" I was about to find out.
John had said the sight fishing was the key to success. The first two hours of the day were windy. This period was slow fishing. As we neared a bank that had a long stretch of blackberry bushes Ecklund, told us how the carp often line up and feed on falling blackberries. I tied on a black wholly bugger and made a few blind casts when suddenly I spotted one. Before I could say a thing my cast was unfolding and fly landed two feet in front of the carp. The fish took instantly! My reel started screaming and in seconds was in the middle of the snake river. Its first run was not quite to my backing but still I was impressed. The fish pulled and held its position in the current. If I did not know any different it could of passed as a Chinook. With its second run it could of passed as a large male steelhead as this run went well into my backing. Now I'm more than impressed!
In the end when the fish was in hand it became a thing of beauty. I admired its golden color. No longer was it ugly. It had gained my respect.
By the end of the day we had caught well over a dozen tailing, stationary and rising carp. Fishing from shore to clooping (rising) carp was the most fun. As far as we could tell they were eating EVERYTHING that passed them in the surface film. Swinging a size 12 Prince Nymph worked very well. Other flies that proved effective were Zug Bugs, Carey Specials, Royal Coachmans, and I even got one on a Moose Turd steelhead waking fly!
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Mark & Patty