FISHING REPORTS

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April 2019

FISH ACTIVITY
April has been an awesome month for fish activity! Trout are actively gorging on the smorgasbord of food, shad and striped bass are pushing up the rivers systems, and smallmouth and largemouth are chowing down to prepare for their spawn. For those chasing them, bluegill have started to slide to the edges of our local park ponds and provide exciting targets for quick lunch-break fish!

April is an excellent time to get out and fool active fish!

FISHING STRATEGIES
Dry flies have been effective while a hatch is on, and on brook trout streams a dry is all you often need! That being said, on our many small streams a dry/dropper rig will often provide you better results (and more tangles). Try using a hi-vis dry fly and a medium sized nymph.

April is also an excellent time to try your hand Hi-Sticking (Euro-nymphing, European Style nymphing, Czech nymphing, or whatever you want to call it). Essentially, focusing on fishing nymphs.

Streamers have started putting quality fish to hand. Streamer fishing often works best when the water is running a little higher than normal, which is quite often with “April Showers.” Make sure you get the fly down and vary your retrieve speed. Success in streamer fishing is often found in covering as much water as possible. Cast out and vary your retrieve speed. Rip the streamer back as fast as you can, try quick spurts with long erratic pauses, or let it gracefully swing through the current. Once you figure out what works keep at it!

ETHAN’S FLY PICKS (5 top patterns)
For trout, my top 4 for flies this month are: Kevin’s Caddis, an unweighted Pheasant Tail Nymph, Black Wooly Bugger, Black Bead Caddis. My one fly for streamer fishing for Striper or Smallmouth Bass is the Half n’ Half.

 
Photograph by Miranda Martin

Photograph by Miranda Martin

 

March 2019

FISH ACTIVITY
Fish activity has been heating up as we get warmer temperatures and longer periods of sunlight. Small streams have been the main fishery we’ve been focusing on. Fishing on warm days and later in the day often are the ticket to landing more fish. Look for stretches of river that are warmed by the sun. These areas often hold fish trying to warm their little bones, and they’re more than willing to suck down a properly presented dry fly.

Don’t pass up large pools, but remember, these portions of river often take longer to warm up, and the fish will probably be glued to the river bed. A nymph is often what it takes to fool a fish this time of year in deeper sections of river.

FISHING STRATEGIES
Fishing a dry/dropper rig has been the ticket to success on many river systems that are 1-2ft. of depth on average. Anything deeper and you should consider using a nymphing rig or streamer setup. Streamer fishing has provided some large trout for several of our local anglers and guides.

FISH FOOD
Large March Browns, Quill Gordons, caddis flies, midges, and small black stone flies have all made their appearances and will continue to provide an ample food supply for trout. Be on the lookout for Blue Wing Olives here soon!

ETHAN’S FLY PICKS (5 top patterns)
For the small stream angler, fill your box with Psycho Princes, Tungsten Frenchies, Ethan’s Caddis, Parachute Adams, and Bionic Ants!


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