This has been a bounce back year for our rivers and our trout. The main difference is water. Normally, rivers are low and warm at this time of year. Currently, we are in an unusual weather pattern that is bringing us plenty of water; not too much like our neighbors in eastern PA but good water. I saw a window for fishing last week and as John Collins and I waited for darkness to try our hand at streamer fishing, there were good numbers of both Light Cahills as well as Yellow Drakes on the water. Tricos and Summer Blue Quills will be on the water in the early morning along with numbers of Tan Caddis and smaller Cream Micro Caddis. Don't be surprised to hear of some good fishing later this week as the rain abates. For those of you who are interested or just curious, we have a nice variety of Douglas DXF rods including the long 10-11' nymphing rods in stock. Scott rods have been gaining considerable critical acclaim in recent years. Models include the Radian and the new G series along with the Flex. The perennial winner in the Yellowstone Shootout in the 9' 5wt category has been the GLoomis NRX LP which has been barely nudging out the Radian. We are also carrying the new Thomas & Thomas rods - the Avantt, the Moderate action Aeros, the Exocett saltwater and the Contact Euro nymphing rods. I would check out our newest edition to our reel offerings: Ross and Abel. I know it's a fishing post but you may not know the brands we carry if you're used to just checking the fishing reports. Besides, it's been hot in July and I want to sell a few rods! On a serious note: Good gear should be evaluated in person and rods should be compared and cast. That's the proper way to purchase quality tackle. Ask questions and evaluate.
The Hatches as of 7/23/2018
Morning until 11am:
Green Sedge Rhyacophila lobifera #14-16 Henryville Special, Olive LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #14-16
Spotted Sedge Hydropsyche spp. #14-18 Tan Elk Hair Caddis, Tan LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #14-18
Summer Blue Quill Paraleptoplebia mollis Blue dun #18-20, Blue Quill #18-20, Adams #18 RS2 Grey #18-20
Blue Winged Olive Drunella cornutella BWO #18-22
Yellow Drake Ephemera Varia Golden Drake Parachute #10-12 Sulphur #12 Light Cahill #12
Slate Drake aka. Iso. Isonychia bicolor Iso Dun or Parachute #12 Iso Emerger #12, Iso Nymph, Prince or Zug Bug #12
Light Cahill Stenacron interpunctatum, ithaca, canadense Light Cahill #12-16 Hare's Ear Nymph #12-16
Note: This is the time of year to carry terrestrials. Trout love Ant and Beetle patterns when conditions allow. Hopper patterns work well in areas bounded by grass or meadows.