Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

With each year, the days, weeks and months seem to slip by at a faster pace. Before you know it, October will be on us. Fishing remains very good but with the cooler weather, most of the best angling has moved into the afternoon. Sleep in, have a late breakfast and another cup of coffee. There is no reason to go out early.

If the wind doesn?t blow, Callibeatis is still the main hatch. A little wind is not bad but a heavy wind makes it tough to find the fish. A Thorax Callibeatis #18, and a Crippled Callibeatis #18 work nicely. Although it is way early, I?d prepare for both the fall Blue Winged Olives and Paraleptaphlebia, both will begin showing towards the end of the month. With this cool weather, it may appear earlier.

Not much change other than the best fishing is mid-afternoon. It narrows the window of opportunity. The Red Quill is still out there, so a Mason Red Quill#12 and a Parachute Hares Ear #10-12 do the job. A Regular Parachute Adams #14-18 is also a good bet. It is also the time of year that nymph fishing begins to pick up. Big Hares Ear and Green Drake Nymphs #10-12 can be very effective. This certainly will be the case at the tail end of the month.

Surface fishing is still available, but it is slowly slipping away and will not get better until the fall Beatis appears early next month. As a result, the best fishing is now with nymphs using Prince #12-14, Copper John?s #14-16 and Bead Head Soft Hackles #14-16. Flashback Peasant Tails #14-16 are also effective. Para Adams still works on the top.

Not much going on with surface fishing but it is the time of year that a Prince Nymph#14 can be deadly.

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