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Well well well, we finally have a fishable river—only a month later than normal! The flows have finally leveled out and the fishing has picked up. That's the good news. Want some more? The fish are hitting streamers very well (and—of course—they're hitting spinners well also), and that means big fish. Between Thursday and Sunday we had two fish over twenty inches, a handful of eighteen-inchers, and plenty of fourteen to sixteen inch fish in the boats—many more came unbuttoned.
The nymph fishing was fair as well, with black stones, soft hackle pheasant tails, and slate drakes taking equal numbers of fish. The problem was getting the nymphs down in some of the heavier runs. Sink tips and streamers did the trick where nymphs and lead shot didn't.
As for rising fish, below Ramcat Run there weren't any. But never fear, that will come soon enough. The flows are slated to drop to 500 cfs from the dam later this week. If that happens the dryfly fishing will pick up. For now just enjoy those great streamer grabs and the prospect of big fish.
Have fun out there:
Ernie and Jim
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Posted on: 2008/6/16 20:49
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